Wineries

2017 Astrolabe Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc

Down by the mild ocean, spring breaks early, and the vines leaf out before the rest of Marlborough. Cool winds from the sea prolong the growing season, and the grapes are the last harvested in the province. The limestone in the soil, and the long growing season gives a unique savoury structure to the Sauvignon Blanc, and beautiful aromatic qualities in all varieties.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The fruit was machine harvested in cool conditions, de-stemmed and lightly pressed with minimal skin contact. Clear, cold-settled juice was fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperatures and using neutral wine yeast strains to allow the powerful fruit flavours to dominate. A small portion (one sixth) of hand-picked, high solids and wild barrel ferment wine was blended in to add subtle texture and complexity.

Aromas of lime rind and pink grapefruit, ripe gooseberries, lemongrass and lemon balm. A full bodied, round, concentrated wine with some green tropical fruit and peach, and a crisp, dry finish

AVA: Marlborough Alc: 13.0% • pH: 3.48 • TA: 6.5 g/1