2011 Auntsfield Estate
Auntsfield Estate aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, it is defined by a riper
flavor spectrum and textural palate (both derived from the rich clay soils of the vineyard)
with an underlying minerality.
Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was used to retain the fresh
aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit (15%) subjected to traditional winemaking
practices; hand picked, whole bunch pressed and fermented with wild yeast in seasoned oak
barrels, adding texture and length to the final wine.
The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters typical of
Marlborough with an underlying minerality, structure and texture.
- Region: Marlborough
- Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage: 2011
- Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate
- Yield: 3.1 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Loess & Clay over old Greywacke Rock
- Oak: 85% in Stainless Steel & 15% for 6 months in neutral French barrique
- Production: 1,250 cases
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 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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