Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Waihopai Wairau New Zealand
Konrad Hengstler discovered Marlborough while traveling through New Zealand in 1987 and was immediately attracted to Sauvignon Blanc. Today Konrad excels at everything Sauvignon Blanc and loves everything Marlborough, his estate wineworks are located in Waihopai Valley at the very heart of Marlborough, it enjoys magnificent views of the surrounding mountain ranges. The terroir and microclimes here yield a tremendous quality of Sauvignon Blanc, fruit which ripens to perfection, translating into wines of intense regional character.
Quality is the absolute focus of Konrad, it starts in the vineyard and continues throughout the vinification. Konrad believes that the best fertilizer is the foot of the farmer. Fruit is harvested from vineyards in the Waihopai and Wairau Valleys, where vines are planted to stoney silt soils with free draining loam topsoil. Canopy management of the vines involves vertical shoot positioning, promoting maximum exposure to the spring and summer warmth. The individual vineyard batches are all kept separate throughout a course of vinification in temperatre controlled fermenters at 10C to 13C. A component is treated to French oak maturation, adding complexity and palate weight before assembling into the finished wine.
Pale straw hue. A slightly more herbaceous nose than most efforts from Marlborough, in total harmony against a backdrop of unctuous lemongrass and lime, persimmons and citrus/ lychee fruits. Bright and zingy, a lively mouthful of pineapples and passionfruit before a lingering, mineral finish. Clean fresh and bright, with a quenching underlying citrus character, finely balanced acid and ripe fruit structure.