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2018
Walnut Block
'Collectables'
Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough

2018
Walnut Block
'Collectables'
Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough

Among the vines stands the region’s oldest walnut tree, and to pay homage, the Collectables label depicts an adaptation of the 1898 Kiwi New Zealand stamp. Both the planting of the tree and the release of the stamp occurred over 100 years ago and celebrate the unique Kiwi history and roots of Walnut Block. The fruit is grown on 3 cane VSP, lightly leaf plucked to give good sunlight and airflow to ensure healthy fruit. Controlled yield through shoot thinning. Harvested during the cool of night to maintain freshness and flavors. The grapes are de-stemmed and pressed, then slowly fermented in stainless steel at a cool temperature using carefully selected yeast. Extended yeast lees contact adds weight and texture to the plate.

2018 was a vintage for the record books. December was the second warmest on record and January was the warmest in more than 60 years. The heat didn’t quite continue though as February brought the highest recorded rainfall in that month’s history, courtesy of two cyclones ‘Fehi’ and ‘Gita’, making unwelcome appearances. The result was vigorous sorting in the winery and very pleasurably, albeit intense, fruit. The ‘classic’ Marlborough grapefruit is nicely balanced by a bit more tropical fruit notes. There is great palate weight to the wines and they are sure to be crowd pleasers!

Fresh, zesty, juicy and rich. It displays complex aromas of ruby red grapefruit, passionfruit, white peach, and a welcome lemon basalm/thyme note. The ripeness of the vintage is noticeable on the powerful palate where tropical fruits emerge and a cutting herbaceous drive. It is balanced, intense and a sublime drink.

  • Region: Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards near the estate vineyards - all farming practices controlled by Walnut Block
  • Vine Age: Varied: Averages 17 years old
  • Yield: 4.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Alluvial Sand & Clay
  • Production: 20,000 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 »

WALNUT BLOCK

MARLBOROUGH

Walnut Block is the vision of two brothers, Clyde and Nigel Sowman, who have joined together to create a range of wines reflecting their collective experience and passions. Situated in the renowned Wairau Valley, Walnut Block Wines takes its name from the landmark walnut tree within the vineyard itself. The 17 hectare vineyard is located on the Wairau Valley plains, a dry ancient river bed which has created a prime growing area for great wines, particularly intense aromatic Sauvignon Blanc. Learn More »

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