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‘Collectables’ packs a lot of value, especially in a brutal vintage like 2012. Not brutal in terms of quality but in terms of quantity. Yields were down 40% on average with many vineyards seeing 60% losses.
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.
A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with powerful aromatic notes of fresh passionfruit and ripe lime over a herbaceous background. The palate is textured and concentrated with exotic fruits and citrus flavors. Well integrated natural acidity leaves a crisp and lengthy finish.
- Region: Marlborough
- Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage: 2012
- Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards near the estate vineyard - all farming practices controlled by Walnut Block
- Vine Age: 12 years old
- Yield: 2.4 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Alluvial Sand & Clay
- Oak: None - Stainless
- Production: 2,600 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 »