The grapes are partially hand harvested from the estate-owned Te Muna Road Vineyard. Just over half are destemmed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks and oak barriques using partial wild yeasts. The wine ages on its lees in old and new French oak barrels before being fined, filtered and bottled.

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2019 vintage
92 Points
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 harvest had a warm, dry ripening period . With only minor rain events through vintage, picking decisions were based purely on the optimal ripeness of the grapes. The resulting wines show incredible depth, concentration and balance.
Tasting Note
Pale lemon straw. Ripe Sauvignon Blanc aromatics with notes of white peach, citrus blossom, honeysuckle and kaffir lime. Harmonious and rich on the palate with ripe citrus and fresh apple and a layered, dry, textural feel.
Food Pairing
Bluff oysters, ceviche kingfish, and Thai street food.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Martinborough
PH: 3.2
ACIDITY: 6.4 g/l
ABV: 12.6%
AGING: 4 months in Stainless steel tanks, French oak cuves and French oak barriques
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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