2018 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2018
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 85
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"Crisp and light, this mouthwatering, balanced white offers green apple, grapefruit and lemon notes, with a hint of freshly grated ginger on the finish. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. -MW " (WS)

Winery Notes:
Marlborough Growing Season 2018:
The season commenced with warm and dry conditions, facilitating good bud burst and flowering. By December the growing season was tracking above the long-term average and this continued up until March. Over the summer months the region received a number of rain events, which supported vine health. Ripening, flavor development, and overall fruit condition was supported with the Scott Henry trellising system, which enabled the fruit to dry relatively quickly post periods of rain. The fruit was picked in settled conditions at physiological ripeness, with exceptional varietal character and balance.

Soil Type:
Prime central Wairau, Renwick, and Brancott soils. Shallow sandy loams over deep layers of free draining river gravels, providing moderate fertility and low vigor.

Clonal / Rootstock Selection:
An emphasis on Bordeaux and UCD1 clones for pure, instantly recognizable varietal intensity and flavor. Medium-to-low vigor rootstock selection matched for suitability to clone and soil vigor.

Winemaking Techniques:
Throughout harvest, fruit was selected from progressively later ripening vineyard blocks, commencing with the stonier free-draining sites. Upon receipt to the winery, the grapes were destemmed and transferred to the tank presses where the free-run juice was separated and the remaining fruit lightly pressed. The juice was clarified and then inoculated with a select range of yeasts for added complexity and aromaticity during fermentation in stainless steel tanks. A slow, temperature controlled fermentation at 54-59°F (12-14°C) was undertaken. After a short period of yeast lees contact, the wine was racked for final blending and bottled young to ensure that the fresh, crisp, and elegant varietal characters were retained.

Sustainable Winegrowing:
As a founding member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, we have always recognized nature as the true producer of our wines. We are conscious of our environment and we work hard to identify sensitive areas such as wetlands, streams, and native vegetation to ensure that our vineyard practices do not affect the plants and animals that inhabit these areas. We minimize our water usage through our state-of-the-art soil moisture probe technology. We look after our soils by having interrow ground cover plantings (rather than bare earth), and by throwing our clippings underneath our vines, to provide a botanically diverse ground which encourages beneficial insects into our vineyards.