Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Vineyard

Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was planted in 2000 with the European approach of close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics. The 2018 growing season started off well with an early bud burst that led to an early and quick flowering. This produced well formed bunches with even fruit set before the warm La Nina weather system set in. Marlborough experienced its warmest season ever and, to complicate matters, the first two months of the year gave us 50% of our annual rainfall. This developed very large and tightly packed bunches and green harvesting was essential to free up bunches and balance crops. Our Sauvignon Blanc’s veraison was early and very fast. As a result, we commenced harvest on 20th March with the hand picking of our perfectly mature Sauvignon Blanc. Vintage itself was a question of ducking and diving around a significant rain event. It was a season of records and a harvest that required great attention to detail. At Churton, it was our first time to begin a harvest with Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2018 – Tasting Note

Winemaking

All our fruit is hand harvested, every year. This was particularly critical to the success of our 2018 vintage as due to the wet and warm season there was no escaping diseased fruit. Precision vineyard and winery work was essential. Our Sauvignon Blanc was harvested by block at just the right moment. We were rigorous with our fruit selection in the vineyard and then had a further six sets of eyes sorting in the winery. Once sorted, clean fruit was whole bunch pressed then settled for 12 hours prior to racking to a combination of tank and barrel. Fermentation was long and slow and the various blocks were fermented separately and aged on lees for nine months prior to racking and blending. We bottled February 2019.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 13.3%
Titratable Acidity 7.2 g/l
Residual grape sugar 1.2 g/l
pH 3.07

Tasting Notes

Our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and floral on the nose with lifted white peach aromas. The palate is dry with plush melon and fresh fig flavours. Boasting a vibrant mineral backbone and impressive concentration, our Sauvignon is balanced by a soft, creamy texture and exceptional persistence.

 

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