2018
Auntsfield Estate
'Single Vineyard'
Sauvignon Blanc
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

2018
Auntsfield Estate 
'Single Vineyard' 
Sauvignon Blanc 
Southern Valleys of Marlborough

Auntsfield Estate aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, defined by a riper flavor spectrum and textural palate (both derived from the rich clay soils of the vineyard) with an underlying minerality. The 2018 season was characterized by regular rainfall at key growth stages. A very dry and warm early summer was followed by wetter more challenging conditions with vineyard work focused around reducing yields and keeping the canopies open and dry. This allowed the fruit to ripen in the cooler conditions of early autumn to optimum ripeness. A season that rewarded vigilance, open canopies and fruit that ripened before the Autumn rains.

Handpicked estate fruit. 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: 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.

Intense and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe melon and lime. Notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, mandarin and blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics. Powerful, tight and elegant on the palate. It displays intense ripe fruit flavors of passionfruit 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: Southern Valleys of Marlborough
  • Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vintage: 2018
  • Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate Vineyard
  • Vine Age: 25 years old
  • Yield: 2.8 tons per acre
  • Soil Type: Loess Clay over Greywacke Rock
  • TA: 7.4 grams per liter
  • pH: 3.15
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Oak: 7 months in 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. They planted blocks of the property with Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, taking real care to select the best plots for... Learn More »

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