Origin: Sauvignon Blanc is traditionally the wine of the Loire Valley in France and wines characteristic of this area are Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé Blanc. Both styles are dry and the final flavour profile reflects the growing season, the soil type and structure. It is also found in the Graves and Sauterne area of the Bordeaux. Here it is combined with Semillon to produce sauternes that are sweet in finish.
In New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc made up 69% of the national vineyard crop in 2011. Most of this is from the renowned soils of Marlborough, where recent years have seen a significant increase in annual new plantings to attempt to satisfy world demand for the much vaunted product.
Awards: Pure Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Harvest: Machine harvested in the end of April 2012.
Viticulture Notes: Produced by acclaimed New Zealand winemaker Alan McCorkindale using carefully selected parcels of fruit from Vicarage Lane’s own vineyard to produce wine most redolent of the Marlborough tradition.
Bottled: From October 12
Released: October 12
Total Alcohol 12.7%v/v
Titratable Acid 7.9 g/L
Total Sugar 1.7 g/L
Tasting Notes: The colour is an almost clear pale straw. Fresh aromas of passionfruit and citrus lead to a tropical fruit palate with herbaceous hints of dried thyme and a refreshing dry finish.
Food Matches: Serve chilled on its own, or match with fish or poultry served with fresh vegetables, creamy pasta sauces, or try it with pasta tossed with pesto and asparagus. Excellent aperitif.
Vicarage Lane Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Awards: Pure Silver medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
Harvest: Machine harvested in early April 2011.
Bottled: From June 11
Released: June 11
Total Alcohol 12.8%v/v
Titratable Acid 7.2 g/L
Total Sugar 1.2 g/L
Tasting Notes: An intense nose of black currant and ripe pear, with hints of dried oregano and hawthorn. The palate is focused and linear, dry with crisp acidity and a very long finish.