2011 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Best White Wine Buy of the Year - Michael Cooper's NZ Guide to Wine 2012
Blue-Gold Medal and Top 100 Wine - Sydney International Wine Show 2012
Gold Medal - Selections Mondiales Des Vins - Canada 2012
Gold Medal - International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011
Colour / Appearance:Mid-straw, with a bright clarity. Aroma / Bouquet:Vibrant white-currant, nettle, and gooseberry aromas, with a grapefruit core, underpinned by some pungent herbaceous and jalapenõ flavours. Palate:The palate is full and vibrant. Fresh nettle, gooseberry and tropical fruit flavours abound and linger on the long, clean acid finish. Cellaring:We recommend drinking while young and fresh, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next three to five years. Food Match:Summer salads, poultry and shellfish, such as Marlborough’s famous green lipped mussels, lobster and white fish. Serve:Lightly chilled.
Alcohol:13%Residual Sugar:3.5 g/L Titratable Acidity:7.5 g/L pH:3.23
Harvest Date:24th March – 19th April 2011 Climate:The early ripening season was mild and dry. Favourable conditions over budburst lead to a good fruit set. Some wet weather over late December evolved over the later part of the season to warm, dry days with cool nights, helping to retain acid freshness and delicate flavours. Vine Management:Vines are trained to three or four canes on a vertical trellis. Balanced pruning, shoot thinning, tucking and trimming are used to achieve an open, healthy canopy and clean fruit.
Winemaking:The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at very low temperatures with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent varietal flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel. Winemaker:Sam Smail