'Wild Sauvignon Blanc', 2010
New Zealand White
WINEMAKING Some vineyards were harvested by machine and others by hand, all into half tonne bins which were tipped directly into a tank press. The grapes were pressed relatively lightly and the resulting juice was cold-settled prior to racking into French oak barriques, the majority of which were old. The juice was allowed to undergo spontaneous indigenous yeast fermentation, the tail end of which continued for over 6 months. The wine had occasional lees stirring and approximately three quarters of the barrels underwent malo-lactic fermentation. It was transferred out of oak during the following harvest and left on yeast lees for a further five months.
14% Alcohol, pH 3.20, Acidity 7.1g/l
The above notes are from the Greywacke website.
It's maybe even better than the stunning 2009 debut.
Beautifully aromatic with lime and stone fruits, ripe pear and hints of mango, some classic Sauvignon graphite, with a touch of spice and quite toasty oak. Really tangy on the palate; this is a Sauvignon packed with flavour. Herbaceous and zesty with mandarin, peach, citrus, and creamy, nutty oak. It's really textured and rich yet not at all heavy, hugely complex and long and a wine that conjurs up different flavours with each sip. Clean and pure with good acidity this will drink well over the next 2-3 years gaining further depth and nuances. Outstanding and really quite unique in a sector where so many are so similar! It's a touch oakier than the 2009, but there is also more fruit so i am sure this will integrate beautifully.
Published: 13 February 2012
, Author: Noel