Silver Winner New World Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc Hawkes Bay New Zealand
From fruit picked off the middle and upper terraces of Marlborough's Blind River vineyard, the higher the blocks, the deeper the slope, as poorer soils toward the summit yield thinner crops for a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc of amazing minerality. The flavours are consequently very intense, a revitalizing nose of grapefruits and herb, florals and passionfruit aromas. A palate of exceptional weight and wonderful textures before a long, lingering finish of mouthwatering juicy fruit and suave savouryness, all supported by refined mineral acidity.
Marlborough's Blind River vineyard is auspiciously planted to a very special aspect of gentle slopes on sandy loams and clay over gravel subsoil, naturally free draining for good vine health but restricted vigor. Mission Estate is made from the higher blocks, from a harvest of low crop loads, left to hang out for extended ripeness and richness in the fruit. Parcels are crushed and permitted minimal skin contact, only the exclusively free run juices and light pressings are retained for ferment at cooler temperatures through the action Sauvignon Blanc specific yeasts. A rigorous selection includes the finest batches for assemblage into the completed wine.