Sauvignon Blanc Central Otago New Zealand
There are three blocks of Sauvignon Blanc at Amisfield, near the shores of Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. Older vines at the edge of Rocky Knoll yield fruit with delicious ripe stone fruit characters and pronounced minerality. Younger plantings on a beautiful elevated terrace above the winery provide grapes which are brim full of vim and vigor. A combination of wild indigenous yeast vinifications, oak barrel ferments and sedimentery lees stirring, achieves a singularly vigorous and compelling case for Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc.
Harvest begins with a golden pick of the ripest fruit from silts at the edge of Rocky Knoll, progressing toward the top terraces. A percentage is destemmed directly into the press to provide a modicum of skin contact. Juices are fermented cool with choice yeats, selected for their capacity to retain vibrancy and zip. A smaller pick of late picked fruit is whole bunch pressed directly to French oak barriques where natural indigenous yeasts do their work. The ferments are wild and vigorous, making a wine of great texture and exotic stone fruit characters. Most batches are aged on light fluffy lees, a portion is matured in French oak, while being treated to regular lees stirring battonage for palate richness.
Light straw colour. Aromas of limes and passionfruit complimented by a mixture of tropical stone fruit. The palate is full bodied and dry with considerable fruit weight and layering. Rife with tropical meets vegetal complexity, the palate is full bodied and dry with great intensity of fruit balanced by refreshing acidity.