Hillersden – Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Hillersden Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc delivers the Upper Wairau Valley in a glass. Brightly tropical and stone fruits with just the perfect seam of acidity.
Bursting with intense aromas of lemon zest, bell pepper, and nettle, with lively stone fruit notes add allure and complexity. This cooler microclimate delivers a wine with elegant arrays of delicious flavour – a combination of jalapeño, zesty apple, and a crisp passionfruit finish. Whilst this exciting Sauvignon Blanc is deliciously drinkable on its own, we suggest that you explore the sensational pairing of Hillersden Sauvignon Blanc with fresh seafood and grilled spring vegetables.
The most mature of the Hillersden vines are planted over two terraces of the ancient riverbed. Here we find a wide variety of topsoil and subsoil combinations. Such versatility means that come blending time we have all the components of brilliant Sauvignon Blanc from our unique single vineyard. Tropical fruits with softer acids from the sandy soils, passionfruit and body from the clay, citrus and minerality from the gravels, as well as vibrant jalapeño greens and acid from the silt loam. The result is a snapshot of our beautiful place translated into the glass.
Our harvesting team started picking in the cool dark of early morning. The 2016 vintage was fermented in stainless steel using yeast strains isolated to accentuate aromatics. Post ferment maturation on fine lees gives the wine a refined texture to compliment the exuberant flavours. The wine was blended from 4 different parcels, each of which add their own character.
Alc – 13.0% • T.A. – 7.2g/L • pH – 3.20 • R.S. – 5.0g/L
Gold Medal, New World International Wine Competition 2017 (94 Points)
Silver Medal, Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition 2017