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 75% of the national vineyard crop in 2017, with 285 thousand tonnes harvested and 86% of total wine exports. 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: Silver medal at NZ Wine of the Year Awards 2018
Sam Kim, NZ Wine Orbit; 4.5 out of 5 stars. “Intensely aromatic on the nose, showing passion fruit, feijoa, rock melon and lemon zest characters. The palate is powerfully expressed, delivering excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, brilliantly supported by refreshing acidity. The wine is up front and delectable.”
Harvest: Machine harvested on 22 March 2018.
Viticulture Notes: Produced by acclaimed New Zealand winemaker Alan McCorkindale using carefully selected parcels of fruit from Vicarage Lane’s own vineyard and vineyards managed by Vicarage Lane, 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 18
Released: July 18
Total Alcohol 12.7 %v/v
Titratable Acid 7.0 g/L
Total Sugar 2.5 g/L
Tasting Notes: Fresh aromas of passionfruit and citrus, which lead to a tropical fruit palate with herbacious hints.
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. A beautiful match with goat cheese. Excellent aperitif.
Awards: Bronze medal at the International Wine Challenge 2018
Total Alcohol 12.2%v/v
Titratable Acid 7.0 g/L T
otal Sugar 2.3 g/L
Tasting Notes: The intense bouquet is filled with tropical, citrus, passionfruit 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.
Sauvignon Blanc 2017; Bronze, International Wine Challenge 2018
Sauvignon Blanc 2016; Pure Bronze, 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc 2016; Commended Award, International Wine Challenge 2017
Sauvignon Blanc 2015; Silver, International Wine Challenge 2016, London
Sauvignon Blanc 2015; Pure Bronze, 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc 2014; Pure Bronze, 2014 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc 2013; Pure Bronze, 2013 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc 2012; Pure Gold, 2012 Air New Zealand Wine Awards
Sauvignon Blanc 2011; Pure Silver, 2011 Air New Zealand Wine Awards