2017 SAUVIGNON BLANC
This single vineyard wine was grown at our Sutherland Rd Vineyard under careful guidance from our Winemaker Steve Latchford and Vineyard management team. The vines we left to grow through the season un-leaf thinned, crop thinned or shoot thinned in 2017, allowing the grapes to remain more shaded, which produces fruit more expressive in the New Zealand style with greener, herbaceous flavours.
Harvested on Sept 20, 2017 at 22.3 brix these grapes were hand sorted to remove unwanted clusters and debris and were gently whole cluster pressed with enzymes to extract the herbaceous character Sauvignon Blanc is known for. After a slow gentle press cycle this wine was sent to a stainless steel tank for primary fermentation.
Embracing traditional Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand the chosen strain of yeast for producing bright clean Sauvignon Blanc the fermentation was inoculated with X-Thiol. It took nearly 4 weeks of fermentation to get the yeast to ferment through the sugars. After fermentation the wine was racked off of heavy lees and was aged for 2 weeks with the enzyme Lafazym Arom to help improve mouth feel and aromatics.
After aging and settling was complete the wines were chilled to -2 for cold stabilization, and treated with a bentonite fining to provide heat stability. The wine was then left in stainless steel vessels to age and mature before bottling on April 13, 2018.