Best End Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Vineyard

Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was 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. Best End is a 1.26 hectare block that consistently produces our most concentrated, intensely flavoured Sauvignon Blanc fruit. At approximately 185m above sea level, Best End was planted onto a north facing slope of eroded loess on a ridge exposed to the prevailing westerly winds. These challenging conditions produce vines that crop small bunches resulting in low yields of small golden berries. The 2017 growing season was long and cool, leading to a later harvest than normal but giving the fruit time to develop depth and dimension especially in Best End. In 2017 the yield was only 5.1T/ha (33hl/ha) with fruit measuring 21.5 Brix, 8.8 TA and pH of 2.98. We hand harvested our Best End on 15th April, a full two weeks later than normal.

 

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Best End Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Winemaking

Our Best End grapes were hand sorted in the winery prior to whole bunch pressing. Juice was settled for 12 hours before racking to French oak puncheons (500 litre barrels), 20% of which were new. After a slow ferment our 2017 Best End Sauvignon Blanc was aged on lees for 12 months prior to racking to tank. It then rested for a further four months before bottling in August 2018. The first ever Churton white wine to be bottled without filtration, this wine also received no fining and no cold or protein stabilisation. The minimal intervention means that our Best End will possibly throw a sediment, this is perfectly natural.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 13.2%
Titratable Acidity 7.7 g/l
Residual grape sugar 1.4 g/l
pH 3.02

Tasting Notes

Our Best End Sauvignon Blanc 2017 has evocative spring floral aromatics including almond blossom, fennel flowers and lemon balm underlined by ground stone character. The palate is dry and linear with creamy fresh apricot flavours. A fine line of silvery acidity runs through to the long finish.

 

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