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Sauvignon Blanc

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

Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard.

Sauvignon Blanc – Auntsfield Estate aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc. The style is aimed towards texture, complexity and length, balancing the typical Marlborough fruit spectrum and aromatics with richness and mouth feel.

COLOUR: Pale straw green

AROMA: Lifted and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe citrus and lime. Notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, jalapeno and blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics.

PALATE: Powerful, tight and elegant. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit juice and white peach, with citrus notes of lime and mandarin pith. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.0% | pH 3.15 | TA 7.4

WINEMAKER NOTES

Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilised to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES

The 2016 season was characterised by naturally high yields resulting from rainfall at key growth stages. A very dry summer followed with vineyard work focused around reduced yields by hand to optimal levels. This allowed the fruit to ripen over an extended period of time in the cool and settled conditions of early autumn. A season that rewarded vigilance, lower cropping levels and delayed ripening in the vineyard.

COLOUR: Pale straw green

AROMA: Intense and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe melon and lime. Notes of dried herbs, lemongrass, mandarin and blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics.

PALATE: Powerful, tight and elegant. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit and white peach, with citrus notes of lime and mandarin pith. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.0% | pH 3.25 | TA 7.1

WINEMAKER NOTES

Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilised to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES

The 2015 season offered up many challenges but particularly a cold windy Spring which reduced yields to very low levels. This fruit developed through a warm summer and mild weather during the harvest period, allowing the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled Autumn conditions. A season of low crops and incredible fruit ripeness and intensity.

COLOUR: Pale straw

AROMA: Intense and pure aromas of fresh nectarine and peach skin are complimented by notes of passionfruit, ripe citrus tropical fruit and crushed herbs.

PALATE: Powerful, tight and elegant. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of nectarine and white peach, with citrus notes of ripe grapefruit and mandarin peel. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.0% | pH 3.25 | TA 7.5

WINEMAKER NOTES: Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilised to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES: The 2014 season was characterised by naturally high yields resulting from an early, warm settled spring. A very dry summer followed with vineyard work focused reduced yields by hand to optimal levels. This allowed the fruit to ripen to optimal levels in the cool and settled conditions of early autumn. A season rewarding hard work and vigilance in the vineyard.

COLOUR: Pale straw

AROMA: Lifted and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, gooseberries and lime. Notes of lemongrass, jalapeno and blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics.

PALATE: Powerful, tight and elegant. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit juice and white peach, with citrus notes of lime and mandarin pith. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance.

ANALYSIS: Alc. 13.0% | pH 3.18 | TA 7.6

WINEMAKER NOTES: Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilised to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

VITICULTURALIST NOTES: The 2013 season was characterised by naturally low yields and warm settled weather with very little rainfall. Autumn produced cool and settled conditions which were some of the best seen in many years. This resulted in exceptionally clean fruit at optimal ripeness. A season to look back, reflect upon and savour.

REVIEWS:

  • “This is benchmark stuff. Freshly scented, it is unusually weighty and sweet-fruited, in a non-herbaceous (not at all grassy) style, with vibrant melon/lime flavours, showing a touch of complexity and a mouth-wateringly crisp, lasting finish.” (Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015)

    Michael Cooper. October, 2015

  • “Estate-grown on the south side of the Wairau Valley, on the site where the region’s first wines were made in the 1870s, the 2014 vintage was partly (8 per cent) barrel-fermented. Mouth filling and crisp, it is sweet-fruited, with generous, ripe melon and lime flavours, showing a touch of complexity, and a lingering finish.”

    MICHAEL COOPER. 2014

  • Gold Medal, 2014 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

    NEW WORLD WINE AWARDS. 2014

  • “ When Sauvignon Blanc is nurtured and made with care and respect, the result is a wine like this: pure, concentrated, juicy and interesting. A classic herbal and capsicum riff rings out over a slightly smoky, minerally bass line. A fine acid line and a suave, fleshy texture are the keys to the wine’s structural elegance. “It’s not reliant on any overt elements,” said John Belsham. “It’s restrained in both taste and texture.” (Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012).

    RATED # 1  SAUVIGNON BLANC IN TASTING OF 238 NZ SAUVIGNON BLANCS, CUISINE MAGAZINE. 2013

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