2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough
A turn against traditional Sauvignon Blanc. Displays luscious stone fruit aromas & ripe gooseberry. Thorough lees stirring has crafted a complex, rich palate balanced with nuances of passionfruit. The fine natural acidity gives this wine elegance and class, indicative of sharp vine management in the Waihopai Valley vineyard. This wine has been carefully cellared for 18 months to allow full maturity.
"Who said Sauvignon Blanc can't age? The bouquet suggests otherwise with aromas of fruit and spice, barrel moments and just enough bottle development adding complexity and depth. Flavours on the palate suggest grapefruit and gooseberry, lemongrass and apple, white peach, pear, spices and flowers. Lovely vibrant acid line, balanced alcohol and lengthy persistent finish. Drink now and through to 2023."92 Points.
Cameron Douglas MS
"The first commercial release of this wine. 5% barrel-fermented with lengthy maturation in oak. Rich, textural sauvignon with toast, nutty lees and ginger flavours occupying centre stage with guava, grapefruit and passion in the background”. 91/100
Bob Campbell The Real Review.
Fish and chips
The growing season was a little slow to start with unpredictable cold temperatures - there was some frost damage throughout the region. It was very dry up until Christmas and flowering conditions near perfect. Some good rains in January and February resulted in healthy canopies. This was followed by a very warm autumn, 30 degree days were common. Harvest commenced mid-March.
Drink now and through to 2023.
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Note from Alice
I was pretty young when we made this, and this wine was the first I launched. Two days before bottling, my Cook Strait ferry crossing was cancelled 7 times throughout the evening, right through until mid morning. The weather in Wellington was fierce and I had the labels with me. I called Sounds Air and asked a favour to fly them down for me that afternoon and Rachel - the best logistics manager collected them from the airport and dropped them off in time for my bottling run which I missed being there to see.
Although I’m very proud of the winemaking and how this wine has been crafted, this wine taught me how much I didn’t know about branding, design, label logistics, provisioning, warehousing; oh the list goes on, I was very fresh.. So I made a couple mistakes. This led me to hold off on the Chardonnay release until I had found myself a new designer, a new labelling supplier and new bottling company. This wine taught me a lot as a new business woman and for that I am grateful.