Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Awatare New Zealand
The third release of this pure, single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc. Dancing Water is driven by the vision of Ross Trowsdale and Clare Bisso. Trowsdale studied viticulture and oenology, after which he travelled and worked vintages in the new and old world for a number of great producers, Pegasus Bay and Felton Road, Wyndham Estate and Cristom Vineyards, Weingut Stefanshof and Alois Kracher. These experiences have nurtured a love and respect for fine wine and the making of it.
The vineyard is canopy trained to standard vertical shoot positioning, 2.5 x 1.5m density, young vines, pruned to two canes, yielding an average of two tonne/acre. Various picks are conducted through the vineyard, determined when parcels ripen to healthy baumes and and are at the optimal level of Brix. Select pressings were taken from two parcels within the vineyard and underwent separate fermentation. Only the first five hundred litres/tonne was used and allowed to settle for two to four days at 8C to 10C. The must was racked and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Fermented for thirty days at temperatures 14C to 18.5C first pick, and twenty six days at temperatures 13.5C to 19.0C second pick.
A brilliant pale straw colour. Intense and perfumed, the aroma is multi level with fully pungent passionfruit, guava and citrus fruit fragrances over underlying notes of flint, mineral and green capsicum. This transfers on to the palate with an elegant integration of mineral, ripe citrus, tropical fruit flavours and a crisp acidity. Vibrant and fully expressive of a single vineyard, the streamlined texture persists on the mineral tinged, tangy lime finish.