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  • This morning we were hand labelling some wine for NZ market. Yes, you will find our wines in Christchurch soon! We'll keep you informed where and when. Watch this space... ;)


  • Had to do it! Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is different from last year, not so fruity, a bit more mineral notes in it. Very well balanced and...yammy!! :)
  • We had our first bottling of 2014 Sauvignon Blanc last Thursday!
    A bottle is waiting to be tasted and should really wait for a week or so after the bottling to make sure the bottling shock has gone, but... really, really would like to try it already! Maybe have to have a small taste tonight...?!?! ;)

Sauvignon Blanc

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.


Vicarage Lane Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Awards: Pure Bronze medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013

Harvest: Machine harvested in the end of April 2013.

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.

Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 12°C to maximise primary fruit aroma and flavour.

Bottled: From June 13

Released: August 13

Wine Analysis:

Total Alcohol     12.7%v/v
Titratable Acid   7.1 g/L
Total Sugar < 1 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 2012Pure Gold Medal

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.

Winemaking: Fermented in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 12°C to maximise primary fruit aroma and flavour.

Bottled: From October 12

Released: October 12

Wine Analysis:

Total Alcohol     12.7%v/v
Titratable Acid   7.9 g/L
Total Sugar       1.7 g/L

Tasting Notes: The perfumed bouquet is filled with floral, white peach and fresh herbs, followed by an exceptionally vibrant and lively palate.


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

Wine Analysis:

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.