Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

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. 2016 was an interesting growing season. It started off in drought conditions; a very dry winter followed by a worryingly dry and warm spring. This resulted in excellent flowering and very good fruit set. The drought then broke in early summer with good rainfall producing a fantastic growing season with good bunches of very plump fruit. The combination of warmth and moisture saw the development of some botrytis. We judiciously managed this with selective hand harvesting and sorting ensuring the winery received clean, well balanced and flavoursome fruit. Acidity was lower than usual but with good sugar levels and our yields averaged 56 hl/ha.

 

Downloadable Tasting Notes

Churton Sauvignon Blanc 2016 – tasting note

Winemaking

Keeping each parcel separate, all our fruit was whole bunch pressed. 15% was fermented in seasoned 500 litre French oak barrels with the balance fermented and aged in stainless steel. Following six months on lees our final cuvée was blended, consisting of six compelling blocks. Our Churton Sauvignon Blanc was gently fined for clarity before bottling in October 2016.

 

Wine Analysis

Alcohol 13.9%
Titratable Acidity 7.0 g/l
Residual grape sugar <1 g/l
pH 2.97

Tasting Notes

A classic Churton Sauvignon Blanc. This is a complex wine where length and flavour persistence trumps upfront fruit. Aromas of white flowers: orange blossom and jasmine lead to a richly layered and textured palate. Elegance underpins Churton’s hallmark seam of minerality and the long finish is lively with white peach and melon.

 

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