Best End Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Vineyard

This single (1.26 hectare) block consistently produces our most concentrated, intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc fruit. Situated on the Western side of the vineyard at approximately 185m above sea level, the vines were planted in 2004 onto a north facing slope of eroded loess on a clay base exposed to the prevailing Westerly winds.   These challenging conditions produce small canopies and bunches and thus very low yields of tiny golden berries. In 2013 we picked 3.7T /ha (in French terms this equates to only 26hl/ha).     This fruit was hand harvested in perfect condition on 4th April  at 23.7 Brix 9.3 TA and pH of 2.98. For some time we have considered this the best Sauvignon Blanc climat in the vineyard and In a fantastic year like 2013 the fruit stood out as exceptional , prompting us to produce our first ever single block Sauvignon Blanc.

 

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Best End Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Fact Sheet A5

Winemaking

Hand picked fruit was whole bunch pressed settled for 12 hours and racked to French oak Puncheons (40% new).  After a slow ferment the Best End Sauvignon Blanc was aged on yeast lees for 12 months prior to racking to tank and then rested in tank for a further 4 months. It was lightly filtered and then bottled in July 2014.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 14.2
Titratable Acidity 8.9
Residual grape sugar <3 (dry)
pH 3.0

Tasting Notes

Wonderfully evocative floral aromatics of almond  and lime trees in blossom  a hint of water meadows in late summer and a ground stone character.

On the palate the wine is dry with a very creamy texture, orange blossom aromas are backed by roasted almonds and intense crispness and direction in the mouth. Finely balanced, wonderfully expressive length and vinosity. 

 

 

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