Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Vineyard

Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics and from this vintage all of our wines are fully certified organic.  2014 was a very good growing season. Excellent fruit set led to very even bunches and even ripening. A small yield of 6.7T/ha or the equivalent to 45hl/ha (Marlborough regional average in 2014  was over 100hl/ha). Harvest was a little earlier than usual. All fruit was hand-picked, starting on 24th March. The small yield of thick skinned berries gave us exceptional concentration and structure.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Fact Sheet A4

Winemaking

100% hand-picked fruit was gently whole bunch pressed. The resulting wonderful delicate juice was settled for 12 -24 hours only. This retains a slightly milky juice with all the good bits left in. The juice was fermented in a combination of tanks and about 12% French oak barrels. We do not hurry our winemaking so wines are allowed to evolve and clarify naturally. To this end all parcels were kept separate and blended only after 10 months ageing on yeast lees. The wine was bottled after a final filtration in March 2015, 11 months after harvest.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 14.2
Titratable Acidity 7.1 g/l
Residual grape sugar <1 g/l (bone dry)
pH 3.14

Tasting Notes

Aromatic wine that has spicy complexity on the nose with a hint of dry grass and fennel seed-like character. In the mouth the wine is dry and full with a creamy texture, white peach and melon style fruitiness and a clean focused finish with crisp citrus acidity, minerality and great length.

 

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