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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.
The 2019 vintage in Marlborough began with spring rains which replenished water reserves in the soil and sustained the vines through what was a very dry summer. Hot days followed by cool nights in the autumn provided perfect conditions for the grapes to go through the final stages of ripening, accumulating great intensity of flavour whilst retaining a refreshing natural acidity. The harvest took place around one week earlier than normal and yields were slightly lower than in previous years, but the quality of the grapes harvested was excellent.
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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