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Producer: Lake ChaliceGrape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon BlancOptimum Drinking: Within 4 yearsWine Style: Intense aromatic white with tropical fruitAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: ScrewcapCountry: New Zealand
Ripe grapefruit aromas are neatly framed by notes of blackcurrant leaf. The balanced and textured palate bursts with sweet passionfruit on the finish.
Lake Chalice was established in 1989 with a vision of producing internationally recognised wines from the heart of the Marlborough region. New Zealand’s native falcon, the ‘Kārearea’, is proudly displayed on every bottle of Lake Chalice wine. Kārearea favour the remote mountains and foothills of the upper Awatere and Wairau valleys and these valleys are home to Lake Chalice’s three unique vineyard sites. Each vineyard has a diverse microclimate, biodiversity and terroir which are seamlessly translated into multi award winning wines by talented winemaker Chloe Gabrielsen. Taking a boutique approach she handcrafts parcels of fruit from single vineyards into elegant, aromatic, fruit driven wines and has garnered a global reputation of outstanding quality.
Perfect conditions for flowering in December were followed by very warm days in January, which experienced some of the hottest temperatures on record. Rain during February was countered by dry spells and plenty of sunshine in March, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc to ripen well with minimal disease pressure. 2019 delivered average yields for Sauvignon Blanc with the fruit maintaining excellent flavour intensity.
The grapes are sourced from carefully selected vineyards in the rich loamy soils of the Dillons Point area of Marlborough’s Lower Wairau Valley. Shaped by a slow convergence of tectonic plates, the Wairau Valley offers a veritable patchwork of contrasting soil types linking the Alps in the west with the Pacific Ocean in the east. The eastern flood plain soils are nutrient-rich silty loam, renowned for delivering Marlborough’s iconic tropical flavoured Sauvignon Blanc. In order to capture the maximum expression of regional characteristics, the pruning, irrigation and canopy management is dictated by each variety and by each unique block of land.
The grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the evening and transported to the cellar immediately to minimise oxygenation. The juice was settled and cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks with Sauvignon Blanc yeasts to encourage maximum thiol characters. Thiols are the compounds naturally found on the Sauvignon Blanc grapes which are responsible for Marlborough’s signature tropical notes.
Inviting ripe grapefruit aromas are neatly framed by notes of blackcurrant leaf. The richly textured palate is beautifully balanced by a seasoned acidity and bursts with notes of sweet passionfruit on the finish.
An ideal accompaniment to seafood, such as oysters, prawns or mussels.
Sauvignon Blanc 100%
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