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Producer: Kim CrawfordGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 3 yearsWine Style: Dry white with pronounced tropical fruitsAlcohol by Volume: 12%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: New Zealand
The Small Parcels Spitfire Sauvignon Blanc takes its name from a famous site in Marlborough that was used as an air force base during WWII. The outstanding vineyard selected for this vintage is a small block of Sauvignon Blanc called Blind River Vineyard. Located in the Awatere Valley subregion, this is one of the standout sites of Marlborough. This sheltered vineyard is situated on the valley floor, with 50% north/south row orientation and 50% east/west orientation. The east/west rows produced a particularly broad range of flavours that were beautifully ripe toward the end of the harvest. Overall, the dense green canopy gave exceptional ripeness and flavour.
Spring was wet and mild with no frost in any of the vineyards. Summer temperatures stepped up with December being the second warmest on record, while January saw the highest temperatures since records began. By February it was looking like an early harvest, with superb flowering conditions and a sizeable crop necessitating thinning in almost all vineyards. However, two ex-tropical cyclones brought considerable rainfall in February. Harvest started mid-March with grapes at a good level of physiological ripeness but needing careful hand-sorting to eliminate botrytis. Despite the rain, fruit was able to hang on the vine to achieve very good ripeness levels.
Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit was crushed and the juice was drained for about three hours before the skins were pressed. Fermentation was long, slow, and cool, with a select yeast to express the grapes' grapefruit and passion fruit characteristics. Only the best blocks from the vineyard were eventually selected for the Small Parcels bottling, following a rigorous selection process. The wine was bottled early to retain freshness and purity of fruit.
An exuberant Sauvignon Blanc emanating intense passion fruit, grapefruit, and tropical fruit aromas. Juicy acidity fills the palate on entry and activates the taste buds with a gorgeous fruit sweetness that carries through to a delightful, lingering finish.
Vintage 2016Grape varieties 100% Sauvignon BlancRegion MarlboroughWinemaker Anthony WalkenhorstAlcohol (ABV) 4%Acidity 7.3g/lResidual Sugar 3g/lWine pH 3.3
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