Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Awatere New Zealand
Once in a rare while, the invigorating climes of Awatere Valley, enthuse a choice planting of vine, to yield a vintage which redefines a new measure of excellence in the world of Marborough Sauvignon Blanc. The Seaview property is New Zealand's most coastal vineyard, a magical place where the obstinate old vines battle against the elements, for a harvest of small, thick skinned berries which are treasure chests of flavour. A meal of a Sauvignon Blanc, its textural, mouth filling palate rolls around the tongue with waves of complexity and exciting, mineral richness.
A collation of parcels, harvested over the course of three days, off four elite blocks at Seaview Vineyard in Awatere. Fruit is crushed and destemmed, gently pressed and cold settled for three days. The clear run juices are racked off and separately fermented through the action of two select yeasts. A long, slow vinification at lower temperatures retains and enhances the pure, clean phenolic free aromatics. Batches are held on gross sedimentery lees for a term of three months, treated to a course of stirring battonage, building structure and enriching the texture, followed by a final assemblage into the finished wine. Alcohol 13.0%
Light straw hues. Perfumed nose of calico, lychees and oyster shell, snow pea and garden greens. A pristine palate of juicy guava flavours, blackcurrant leaf and south seas fruit, layered with bright citrus characters, seasoned by a cut of fresh herbs. The palate is textured and elegant, resolving on the distinctive mineral finish that marks Yealands as a superior single vineyard wine.