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A vibrant mix of kaffir lime, lemon zest and nectarine aromatics intermingle with the bright perfume of orange blossom. The palate is brimming with ripe citrus and stone fruit flavours that are framed by sleek and succulent acid architecture.
Grapes for our Sauvignon Blanc are sourced from estate and grower vineyards located in the Rapaura, Fairhall, Renwick and Brancott sub-regions of the Wairau Valley. Soils range from free draining stony on the valley floor to aged alluvial
loams containing some clay. The majority of fruit is grown on a vertical shoot positioned trellis with a small number of blocks on Scott-Henry.
The 2016 season was one of the driest that the Marlborough region has experienced since the wine industry was established in the province. A cool start to the growing season presented numerous frost events that provided continuing challenges right up until flowering. Favourable flowering conditions led to a high bunch number per vine that was moderated with thinning in November and then again prior to veraison. Yields were at target level and fruit quality was maximised. The months of January to April 2016 were all warmer than average, providing ripening conditions
that were similar to the excellent 2015, 2014 and 2010 seasons in terms of growing degree days.
The Sauvignon Blanc harvest commenced on March 31st and was complete on April 14th. Fruit was picked over a range of 22.7-20.8 °Bx with excellent flavours and acid balance.
Following harvest, the free-run juice was cold settled for 48-72 hours before racking. Fermentation was primarily carried out in stainless steel tanks with a mixture of cultured yeasts and wild yeast. Approximately 3% of the blend was fermented at warmer temperatures in old French oak barriques and large format vats. As usual our Sauvignon was stringently blended, including only the strongest batches. The final blend shows an alcohol of 13.3% with 1.7 g/L RS, 3.05 pH and TA 7.3 g/L.
Zesty Dry White Wines
Like a lightning bolt in your mouth, whites in this style are the wine equivalent to a refreshing lager. Generally speaking, they’re best enjoyed young, within a year or two of the vintage, to preserve the fresh fruity flavours and mouth-watering acidity.
Cool (44-57 °F / 7-14 °C)
Seafood, Sushi, Green Salads, Pesto, Fried Foods (like French Fries and Fried Chicken), Chicken & other Poultry
Thai prawn, ginger & spring onion stir-fry
200g raw, peeled tiger prawns from a sustainable source
1 green Thai Chilli, chopped
3 garlic cloves, 1 crushed and 2 finely sliced
1 bunch coriander, leaves and stalks separated
1 tbsp caster sugar
juice 1 lime
3 tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp groundnut oil
3cm piece ginger
Ginger, finely sliced, then shredded
8 Spring onions, finely sliced
1 red pepper, thinly sliced
85g water chestnuts, sliced
1 tbsp soy sauce
Egg or rice noodles, to serve
Lime wedges, to serve
1. Put the prawns in a bowl. Put the chilli, crushed garlic, coriander stalks (snip these up using scissors first) and caster sugar in a spice grinder or small food processor and whizz together. Add half of the lime juice and the fish sauce, then pour this over the prawns.
2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok, add the ginger and spring onions and fry for 1 min. Add the red pepper and fry for 1 min, until the pepper starts to soften. Add the water chestnuts and bean sprouts, and toss together until the bean sprouts start to wilt. Add the soy sauce and a really good grind of black pepper, then tip the lot into a serving dish.
3. Heat the remaining oil in the wok and add the prawns, lifting them out of their juices. Toss for 1-2 mins until they turn pink, add the marinade and swirl the wok quickly, then tip the lot onto the veg. Snip over the coriander leaves and sprinkle on the remaining lime. Serves over noodles with extra lime for squeezing over.
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