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‘South Oaks’ Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873.

Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a defined area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these Single Blocks out as producing our Reserve Wines.

South Oaks Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc – This small 2 hectare block is situated at the very southern elevated corner of the vineyard next to some old Oak trees. It has a unique free draining soil made up of crushed Greywacke rock that has fallen from the steep hill behind.

COLOUR: Bright straw

AROMA: Ripe tropical fruit core with mango, ripe passionfruit and citrus. Lifted notes of dry herbs and lime leaf, supplemented by complex aromas of honeycomb, vanilla bean and roasted hazelnut.

PALATE: This wine displays tension and great length. The palate is tight and fresh,supported with a rich and creamy structure and underlying chalky minerality providing linear structure. The mouthfeel is intense and yet seamless and well balanced.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 14.5% | pH 3.16 | TA 7.1

WINEMAKER NOTES: The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak).
After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months.

VITICULTURIST NOTES: Vigour and fertility in this block is very low resulting from the high Greywacke rock content.As a result the vines are treated differently to normal Sauvignon Blanc with only 2 canes laid,shoot thinned to 16 shoots, hand leaf plucked with a high 80% exposure. Very small berried and open bunches are typical in this block, with an average cropping level of 2.5kg per vine. At harvest the berries take on a blush appearance as it is ripened to around 24-25 Brix. One of the secrets to this block is that it holds its acidity level at high brix / ripeness levels.

COLOUR: Bright straw

AROMA: Ripe tropical fruit core with mango, ripe passionfruit and citrus. Lifted notes of dry herbs and lime leaf, supplemented by complex aromas of honeycomb, vanilla bean and roasted hazelnut.

PALATE: This wine displays tension and great length. The palate is tight and fresh, supported with a rich and creamy structure and underlying chalky minerality providing linear structure. The mouthfeel is intense and yet seamless and well balanced.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.5% | pH 3.25 | TA 7.24

WINEMAKER NOTES: The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak). After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months.

VITICULTURIST NOTES: Vigour and fertility in this block is very low resulting from the high Greywacke rock content. As a result the vines are treated differently to normal Sauvignon Blanc with only 2 canes laid, shoot thinned to 16 shoots, hand leaf plucked with a high 80% exposure. Very small berried and open bunches are typical in this block, with an average cropping level of 2.5kg per vine. At harvest the berries take on a blush appearance as it is ripened to around 24-25 Brix. One of the secrets to this block is that it holds its acidity level at high brix / ripeness levels.

REVIEWS:

  • “The 2011 South Oaks Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc is scented of pineapple, green guava and pink grapefruit with a touch of toastiness. Medium bodied, it offers a great concentration of tropical and citrus flavors in the mouth with judiciously handled oak and lively acid, finishing long. Drinking well now, it should cellar to 2015+.” 90 POINTS

    ROBERT PARKER REVIEW. 2012

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