te Pā Reserve Hillside Sauvignon Blanc
100% Sauvignon Blanc
C & I Hillside blocks, Redwood Hills Vineyard, Awatere Valley.
Alc – 13.5%
pH – 3.3
T.A – 7.2 g/L
R.S – 1 g/L
The fruit for this wine was sourced from the C and I blocks of our Awatere Valley, Redwood Hills Vineyard. Just over half of the wine was sourced from C block in the middle of the slope, with the remainder coming from I block which is near the top of the slope. These Hillside blocks are all naturally low yielding, pruned to 3 canes, and are planted in soils consisting of loess over free draining gravels.
The fruit was handpicked on the 30th March (C block) and 4th April (I Block) in good condition and at just over 22 Brix. The bunches were tipped to the press without crushing, and gently pressed to tank for settling.
The juice was settled for 48 hours before being racked to ferment with light fluffy lees taken. The tanks were inoculated and fermented at 12-14 º. Once fermentation had been completed the tanks were topped and left on lees for a further 6 weeks, prior to being racked and sulphured to blend. The blended wine was left on light lees for a further 2 months, before being stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Pungent aromatics of citrus, nectarine and florals with nettle and fennel notes adding intrigue and complexity.
The palate is crisp and textural with impressions of stone fruit, lime, and wet rock. This wine possesses classic Awatere minerality, concentrated fruit, and a long crisp refreshing finish. Great as an aperitif or with food.
The 2017/2018 growing season was characterised by a hot, dry summer, with healthy looking canopies and slightly lower than average bunch counts. This was followed by an extremely wet February, and then more sun in March. Flavours developed well during the warm months and so harvest started early.
Awards & Accolades:
• 93 Points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review, 2018
• 93 Points, Cameron Douglas, MS, 2018
• 5 Stars, 18.5/20 Points, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, 2018
• Silver Medal, The Drinks Business Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters
• Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirits Competition, 2018
• Silver Medal, New Zealand International Wine Show