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 2015
Harvest: Machine harvested in the end of March 2015.
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 June 15
Released: July 15
Total Alcohol 12.1%v/v
Titratable Acid 7.3 g/L
Total Sugar 1.26 g/L
Tasting Notes: The intense bouquet is filled with tropical, citrus, white peach and fresh herbs, with an exceptionally vibrant and lively palate, juicy flavours, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and persistent, with an interwoven thread of acidity.
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 2014
Awards: Pure Bronze medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2014
Harvest: Machine harvested first of April 2014.
Bottled: From July 14
Released: August 14
Total Alcohol 12.7%v/v
Titratable Acid 7.4 g/L
Total Sugar 0.96 g/L
Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pure Bronze medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2013
Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Pure Gold medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2012
Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Pure Silver medal at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011