Vicarage Lane’s 2013 Sauvignon Blanc will be the 10th vintage for the company. This year the quality of the grapes should be superb, but the quantity might end up being a little bit less than average. Beautiful, hot and sunny summer has been very good for us and it looks like we will start our harvest on Easter Sunday.
Exciting week ahead…Our winemaker, Alan, is coming to check all vineyards on Tuesday (harvest maybe about 4 weeks away), our new vintage 2012 Pinot Noir should be ready for bottling any day now and the very last of 2013 Sauvignon Blanc will be bottled on Friday. Oh, and the weather should be sunny & warm all week!!!
The Pure Gold medal recognises not only the quality of the wine, but also that the wine is sustainably produced during all stages of its creation.
“This is our first gold medal and naturally we are very happy to receive it. Huge thanks goes to Alan (our winemaker) for this achievement.”
We have finally bottled some 2012 Sauvignon Blanc! This latest vintage has fresh aromas of passionfruit and citrus, a tropical fruit palate with herbaceous hints of thyme and a lovely, refreshingly dry finish. Part of this first bottling is headed to Finland, where it should be available in Alko and in restaurants early in the New Year.
Vintage 2012 statistics just arrived.
* A total of 269,000 tonnes of fruit was harvested (in NZ), which is 18% down on last year. Marlborough was 23% down (56,000 tonnes).
* Sauvignon Blanc is still by far the most dominant variety, making up just under 70% of the country’s total production.
* Close to 72% of the vintage came from Marlborough, with Hawkes Bay contributing 11% of the total yield, Gisborne 4% and the rest of the wine regions combined making up 10%.
Vicarage Lane’s own vineyard produced 86.65 tonnes of Sauvignon Blanc…
We tasted our new vintage 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with our winemaker today. It’s still a cloudy wine, but Alan (our winemaker) was very happy with the quality and flavours. It will still take a while before we have the ready, bottled product to taste, but we think it will be worth the wait….
Vicarage Lane’s 2012 harvest is done! The crop was smaller than expected, as are most in the whole region.
Harvest weather has been sunny and beautiful, but we are expecting to get some rain in the early hours of tomorrow morning…
Today is the 10th anniversary of Vicarage Lane Wines! Let’s pop the cork off a bottle of Vicarage Lane Bubbly and have a toast!…