Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics and our 2013wineswill be fully certified organic. The fruit for this wine was clean and had bright flavours with slightly higher acidity than normal. It has to be said that 2011/2012was a challenging growing season. A cool spring led to a late(2weeks later than normal) and reduced flowering with consequently low yields. The low yields were an advantage in an overcast summer, when ripening was far slower than normal. Though cool it was a dry season so no disease pressure. Summer finally arrived in early autumn when we had fabulous sunny days with cool nights leading to a very late harvest. Harvest was completed by 10th May approximately four weeks later than normal.
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The majority of the fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed then fermented with slightly higher levels of solids than normal. The machine harvested portion was clarified and fermented cool with neutral yeast. About 15%of the juice was fermented in large 500C600 litre French oak puncheons and demi muids. Blending was done in early January after 9 months of lees ageing and the wine was filtered and bottled in early March 2013.
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Bright and aromatic with hints of white currant and elder flower. On the palate the wine is concentrated and complex with smooth silky textures, creaminess and an underlying melon and white rose jam fruitiness. The Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2012 finishes with a long citrusy crispness and great length.