Greenhough Wines Hope Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
“Classy Sauvignon Blanc, the wine retains a strong fruit focus with mineral and citrus flavours together with a nutty yeast lees influence.” – bobcompbell.co.nz 95/100
“Bright yellow green. Rather subdued but pure aromas of lemon and menthol, plus an intriguing sea spray minerality. The lemon, lime and stone fruit flavours convey a light touch and lively lift; a subtle suggestion of oak adds interest without impinging on the wine’s fruit. Finishes dry, firm and refreshing with a dusty impression of extract. An excellent Nelson Sauvignon Blanc.” – Stephen Tanzer, Venous, May 2016 90/100
This ‘alternative’ Sauvignon Blanc developed from a desire to build a complex and textural wine style. Extended skin contact, wild fermentation in barrel and lees contact have contributed subtle aromatic corruption, savoury spice and phenolic interest.
A number of rows within the Hope Vineyard ‘Larches Block’ have been selected for their later-ripening rootstock and spur pruned to encourage more uniform shoot growth and even ripening. One third of the fruit was machine harvested and cood macerated for 36 hours, the remainder hand picked and gently whole bunch pressed. These strikingly different juice portions were briefly settled, transferred to Frenck oak barriques (20% new), and inoculated with a vineyard yeast pied-de-cuve. Rested on gross yeast lees for a further six months, half of the wine completed malolactic fermentation during this time.
Fragrant lime citrus, honey suckle and herbal aromas deriving from skin contact. A touch of flintiness also. The palate has a fresh, chalky texture with sweet, ripe citrus zest, fennel/anise and background oak spice. An elegant and intriguing alternative Sauvignon Blanc in a bone dry style.