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Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc 2021

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TASTING NOTE

Highly aromatic, the nose shows unmistakable tropical aromas of guava and gooseberry with a slight hint of Granny Smith apple. The palate is crisp with fresh flavours of kiwifruit, white peach and honeydew which are supported by a tight citrus acidity.

FOOD MATCHING

Try our 2021 Fernlands Sauvignon Blanc with a summer vegetable ratatouille of summer squash, zucchini and capsicum.

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ORIGIN

Marlborough, New Zealand

WINEMAKING

Sauvignon Blanc fruit was harvested at optimal ripeness, pressed and cold settled. Juice was inoculated with varietally specific yeasts followed by a long, cool fermentation allowing tropical notes to develop. The wine was bottled early to promote freshness.

ANALYSIS

Alcohol                     12.8%
pH                             3.09
Titratable Acidity     7.3g/L
Residual Sugar         4.6g/L

VINTAGE

The 2021 growing season had an ideal start – early bud burst after a record warm, dry winter (the second warmest since 1932), and an unusually uneventful frost period. Wet weather in the critical months of November and December challenged flowering and fruit set but the southerly position of the Waihopai Valley, with its typically later flowering, protected most of our vineyards from the worst impacts.

Harvest started early due to optimal grape ripening from dry summer months and record sunshine hours. Fruit was harvested in pristine condition with a calm, steady flow undeterred by significant rain mid-harvest.

Despite smaller yield we captured fruit flavours at their best aided by the absence of vineyard disease, an overall moderately warm, dry season, and proactive harvest plans. The team are very excited by the quality of harvest 2021.

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