2013
Auntsfield Estate
'South Oaks'
Sauvignon Blanc
Southern Valleys

2013
Auntsfield Estate
'South Oaks'
Sauvignon Blanc
Southern Valleys

South Oaks is a small 2 hectare block situated at the very southern elevated corner of the vineyard next to old Oak trees. It has a unique free draining soil made up of crushed Greywacke rock that has fallen from the steep hill behind.The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand-sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak). After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months.

Vigour and fertility in this block is very low resulting from the high Greywacke rock content. As a result the vines are treated differently to normal Sauvignon Blanc with only 2 canes laid, shoot thinned to 16 shoots, hand leaf plucked with a high 80% exposure. Very small berried and open bunches are typical in this block, with an average cropping level of 2.5kg per vine. At harvest the berries take on a blush appearance as it is ripened to around 24-25 Brix. One of the secrets to this block is that it holds its acidity level at high brix/ripeness levels.

Ripe tropical fruit core with mango, ripe passionfruit and citrus. Lifted notes of dry herbs and lime leaf, supplemented by complex aromas of honeycomb, vanilla bean and roasted hazelnut. This wine displays tension and great length. The palate is tight and fresh, supported with a rich and creamy structure and underlying chalky minerality providing linear structure. The mouthfeel is intense and yet seamless and well balanced.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage: 2016
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate - South Oaks Block
  • Vine Age: 25 years old
  • Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess & Clay over old Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 7.1
  • pH: 3.16
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Oak: 10 months in French barrique (20% new)
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

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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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