The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Delightfully fresh aromas of ripe citrus, passionfruit and green apple lead into a palate of honeydew melon with herbal highlights. The vivid fruit flavours dance on a seam of lively Marlborough acidity, flowing into a long-lasting finish.
The crisp, bold and refreshing nature of this wine will pair beautifully with vegetarian cuisine and fish or white meats. Try alongside pan-fried Blue Cod with lemon and oregano.
CELLARING POTENTIALCrafted to be enjoyed at the peak of its vibrancy and freshness, we recommend drinking this wine within 2 -3 years of vintage date.
Previous Tasting Notes
The preservation of aromatic and fruit flavours from the vineyard through to the winery is of the utmost importance in our Sauvignon Blanc. This fruit is field destemmed before being gently pressed into stainless steel tanks. The juice is fermented at cool temperatures with selected yeast strains aimed at developing a full flavour spectrum: from green and citrus notes to riper, more tropical flavours.
Titratable Acidity 7.3g/L
Residual Sugar 3.6g/L
Early bud burst followed a record warm, dry winter; the second warmest winter since 1932. This was followed by an unusually uneventful frost season; an ideal start to the 2021 growing season. However, the critical months of November and December brought about wet weather, making for challenging flowering and fruit set.
Luckily, the southerly position of the Waihopai Valley and typically later flowering, saw most vineyards protected from the worst impacts of the poor weather.
The grape ripening summer months remained dry, with record high sunshine hours, making for optimal conditions. This, combined with smaller crops, resulted in an early start to harvest. Excellent management allowed for fruit to be harvested in a calm, steady flow with fruit in pristine condition, undeterred by a significant rain spell mid-harvest.
Despite smaller yield, the absence of vineyard disease, a moderately warm, dry season and proactive harvest plans allowed us to capture the fruit flavours at their best - the team are very excited about the quality of harvest 2021.