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Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The tasting notes

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Domain Road has two vineyards in the heart of the historic gold mining area of Bannockburn.  Domain Road Vineyard covers most of the north-facing valley on the upper terraces above the Kawarau River with Defiance Vineyard on a gently sloping, north facing site on Felton Road. i

Our Sauvignon Blanc vines are planted in three locations, on the top of Templers Hill, an area left untouched by 19th century gold miners, on Doctors Flat where mining has exposed mineral-rich clays from a 8-15 million year old lake bed and on a corner of Defiance with clay based soils. 

The grapes were hand harvested in two portions on 24th and 31st March 2015.  The fruit from Defiance Vineyard (Felton Road) was whole bunch pressed and transferred to seven French oak barriques to undergo barrel fermentation and lees maturation for three months.  The fruit from Domain Road was de-stemmed and crushed before being pressed to tank for fermentation.  Some residual sweetness from the grapes was retained to produce a well balanced wine. 

Enjoy with seafood, white meats, salad dishes, or as an aperitif.

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Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation Central Otago
Sub Region Bannockburn
pH 3.15
Ta 6.88g/l
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
Harvest Date 24th & 31st March
Residual Sugar 4.2g/l
Fining Nil

The Awards

 Cuisine - 5 stars, No 3 in their 'Top 10' New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 

2017 International Wine and Spirits Show (UK)  - Silver medal

   Raymond Chan:  "The acidity is poised and refreshing, with a long subtle stone fruit and herb fruited finish.  This is a very fine, firm, subtle oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc"

Bob Campbell - Silver Ribbon, 4.5 stars, 93 pts.