The grapes were partially hand harvested from the 100% Estate-owned Te Muna Road Vineyard, one of the most prestigious growing sites within the Martinborough region of New Zealand. The grapes are destemmed (85%) prior to fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks, French oak cuvees, and French oak barriques, using both indigenous and inoculated yeasts. The wine ages four months in French oak barriques, 3% new, before being fined, filtered and bottled.

95 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards
2017 vintage
95 Points
Decanter World Wine Awards
2017 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2017 vintage was marked by a cool, windy, and wet start to the season that created conditions for lower yields. As the summer in New Zealand progressed, the temperatures in February and March returned to average historical temperatures, which allowed the fruit on the vines to mature and develop. With lower yields, the Sauvignon Blanc developed lovely flavors coupled with bright acidity which will come to be known as the hallmark of this vintage.
Tasting Note
Pale lemon straw. Vibrant aromas of nectarine, green apple, honeysuckle and a hint of nettle. Lovely precision on the palate with a core of zesty fruit and a long satisfyingly dry textural finish.
Food Pairing
This wine pairs very well with all types of seafood and poultry. It is also a wonderful aperitif.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.35
ACIDITY: 7.1 g/l
ABV: 12.7%
AGING: French oak barriques
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 3.1 g/l
Unique Selling Points
  • The higher-elevation Te Muna Road Vineyard is harvested about a week later than sites in nearby Martinborough. The grapes have greater freshness and acidity.
  • The vineyard's lower terrace has stony soils with limestone, excellent for Sauvignon Blanc.
  • White wines from this vineyard show a distinctive fine, subtle and elegant texture.

About the Grape

Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc has vivid, assertive aromas and flavors of gooseberries, citrus, herbs framed by tangy acidity. Oak contact adds tropical fruit, vanilla, lanolin and toast notes.
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