The belief that the vineyard is the key to a great wine is at the core of Walnut Block. Labor intensive vineyard methods produce consistent, exceptional fruit quality; the use of traditional winemaking techniques and attention to preserving delicate flavors & aromas.
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 destemmed 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 Fresh and pure, the nose displays floral, lime zest and subtle herbaceous characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with a juicy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. Classically flavored and easy drinking.
- Region: Marlborough
- Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
- Vintage: 2014
- Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards near the estate vineyard - all farming practices controlled by Walnut Block
- Vine Age: 13 years old
- Yield: 5.2 tons per acre
- Soil Type: Alluvial Sand & Clay
- Oak: None - Stainless Steel
- Production: 5,300 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 »