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2016
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Sauvignon Blanc
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2016
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Sauvignon Blanc
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

The 2016 season was characterized by naturally high yields resulting from rainfall at key growth stages. A very dry summer followed with vineyard work focused around reduced yields by hand to optimal levels. This allowed the fruit to ripen over an extended period of time in the cool and settled conditions of early autumn. A season that rewarded vigilance, lower cropping levels and delayed ripening in the vineyard.

Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilized to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

Lifted and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe citrus and lime. Notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, jalapeno and blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics. Powerful, tight and elegant on the palate. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit juice and white peach, with citrus notes of lime and mandarin pith. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
  • Vine Age: 23 years old
  • Viticulture: Organic Farming
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 7.4
  • pH: 3.15
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Oak: 90% Stainless Steel - 10% fermented in seasoned French barrique
  • Production: 7,000 cases
Winery & Regional Information
MARLBOROUGH

When the first growers of the modern era planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there was commercial grape growing and winemaking as early as the 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and... Learn More »

AUNTSFIELD ESTATE

MARLBOROUGH

Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and made highly regarded wine for over 50 years. The dramatic hillside vineyard with its unique variety of soils is again producing premium wines under the guidance of the Cowley family. The proud heritage of the land is the inspiration to produce exciting handcrafted wines of balance and individuality that display the special terrior of this historic Marlborough vineyard. Learn More »

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