Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Adam Jackson bought the first blocks of land at the heart of Marlborough and took up farming in 1855. His wife planted a gumtree along Jacksons Road, it remains a regional icon and can be seen on the Jackson estate label. It was up to the fifth generation of Jacksons to take an interest in viticulture and establish vines. John Stitchbury released his first vintage in 1991, his love of agriculture and passion for making good wine, earning Jackson Estate the Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the prestigious London International in 1993.
The Jackson viticultural team can rely on harvests of perfectly healthy fruit, each is scheduled at vintage for picking at optimum levels of ripeness. Sauvignon Blanc is harvested off three estate vineyards in the central Wairau plain and Waihopai sub regions, throughout the early hours of morning, to avoid the heat of sun and preserve freshness. Parcels are individually pressed and cold settled for three days before racking the clear juices into fermenters for warming and inoculation to neutral yeast strains which can enhance and complement the purity of Marlborough fruit. Three weeks vinification at low temperatures are followed by four months on light lees prior to assembling into the finished wine. Alcohol 13.0%
Light pale straw hue. Distinctly aromatic nose offering lifted notes of citrus and elderflower, gooseberries and white currant. These bright characters follow through to the palate, crisp white stone fruit flavours and an underlying lees driven textural backbone, supported by fine mineral concentration. Fresh acidity gives the wine lift, balance and a palate cleansing finish.