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Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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.

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 wine 

The grapes were hand harvested between 9th & 19th April 2017 from Domain Road and Defiance vineyards. A portion of the fruit was whole bunch pressed and the rest was de-stemmed and crush to press.  The resulting juice was cold settled for two days before racking and inoculating with selected yeast. Slightly over half the juice was tank fermented with the remainder undergoing barrel fermentation in French oak barriques (one new barrel).  The barrel portion was lees stirred to help  give the wine roundness and complexity.

The colour of pale straw, our Sauvignon Blanc is a dry style, complex and mouth filling wine.  A crisp background of acidity balances against a touch of fruit sweetness.  Aromas of gooseberries, citrus, pear, capsicum and a touch of fresh herbs and pepper are noticeable on the nose.  Complemented by flavours of melon, nectarine and passionfruit on the palate and a long clean finish.  

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
Vineyards Domain Road and Defiance
Harvest Date  9th - 19th April 2017
Alcohol 13.0%
Residual Sugar  2.7g/L
pH 3.16
TA 6.86g/l

The Awards


Cameron Douglas MS  94 points  Complex and enticing bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc .... apple, pear and minerals, white flowers and sweet herbs. Well made, drink now and through 2021.

Bob Campbell 'The Real review' Silver 92 points

Michael Cooper: