Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc

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Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc is a most aromatic wine, full of lush flavours of gooseberries, tomato leaves and green capsicums. It has ripe, zesty fruit flavours of lychees, passionfruit and gooseberries and there is good length to the finish.

Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough
Subregion: Awatere Valley
Vintage: 2015
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Herbaceous and zesty
Drink With: Griddled squid Caesar salad

2015 will be remembered at Stanley Estates for being a very early harvest thanks to a fabulously hot summer, but cropping levels were about 25% below normal as a result. The weather at harvest was fine at the tail of a very dry growing season. Great flavours developed steadily in the grapes during ripening, and the fruit was picked in parcels as each block reached its optimum point of maturity. The grapes were machine harvested at night when the fruit temperatures were lower, to capture and maintain the fruit's freshness.

After a gentle pressing, the juice was settled and racked into stainless steel tanks, where it went through a slow, controlled fermentation using French yeasts. The wine spent a good time on its lees to add a real depth of flavour and palate weight. The different parcels of vines were harvested and fermented separately before being blended and bottled under screwcap.

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