Marlborough Petit Manseng 2016

Vineyard

Our distinctive hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was planted in 2000 with a European approach; close vine spacing and at high density (approx. 5,000/ha). We manage the vineyard according to principles of biodynamics and organics. The first to be planted in New Zealand, our Petit Manseng thrives within our only northwest facing vineyard block – the 10% slope capturing the intensity of the afternoon sun. Everything apart from harvest is early for Petit Manseng. A late September bud burst was followed by shoot thinning with flowering taking place just before Christmas. We green harvested after veraison in mid February and removed laterals from the fruit zone. We hand harvested on 29 April: the distinctly open bunches measured 28.9 Brix balanced with great acid in excess of 13g/l TA.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Petit Manseng 2016 – Tasting Note

 

Winemaking

Our Petit Manseng was transported to the winery in 14kg baskets. Fruit was gently whole bunch pressed and the small yield of juice was settled for 12 hours before being transferred to a seasoned 300L and 500L barrel for fermentation. When sugar/acid levels were nearing balance we cooled the barrels – slow and steady, fermentation continued for another three months before reaching optimum levels. In barrel for a total of 11 months, our wine saw a polishing filtration prior to bottling in April 2017.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 10.9%
Titratable Acidity 11.3 g/l
Residual grape sugar 97 g/l
pH 2.88

Tasting Notes

The 2016 Petit Manseng is a bright, pale, lemon-yellow gold in colour. It has a broad aromatic bouquet of spiced almonds, ripe baked apple and cinnamon with an intriguing background of lanolin. In the mouth the wine starts medium sweet but ends quite dry. The palate is complex with its plush texture balanced by a combination of chalkiness and mineral like acidity. Our Churton Petit Manseng is crisp and mouthwatering with great length of flavour and elegant direction.

 

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