Sauvignon Blanc, Te Muna Road Vineyard

Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
From the lower terrace of our Te Muna Road Vineyard in Martinborough, this wine is sourced exclusively from several parcels of vines growing on a stony, limestone influenced soil adjacent to the Huangarua River.

Intervention in the cellar is minimal out of care and respect for characters of the vineyard, resulting in a wine with a distinctive fine, soft, chalky texture and great elegance.

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  • Pale straw colour with a green hue. Lovely aromas of citrus blossom, lime, jasmine and the faintest hint of fresh honey. Subtle flavours of fresh lime and grapefruit are balanced with a fine chalky texture that is reminiscent of the stones and limestone within the vineyard. Finishes dry, fresh and long.

  • Warm, dry, excellent

    Brix:   22.1 average 
    Production level: 98 hl/ha
    Hand harvested: 15%

  • Whole bunch:  15%    
    Destemmed:  85%    
    Fermentation vessel:    Combination of French oak cuves, barriques and stainless steel tanks
    Fermentation:    Inoculated and indigenous
    Barrel type:    French oak barrique
    New barrel %:   2
    Maturation:  5 months  
    Fining:    Yes
    Filtration:   Yes
    Bottled:    Oct-14


    Alcohol:    12.6
    Residual sugar:    2.7 g/l
    pH:    3.21
    Acidity: 7.2 g/l

  • Date: June 2015
    Publication: Wine Spectator
    92 Points
    “The fleshy peach and nectarine flavors are ripe, juicy and appealing, with fresh fennel, grapefruit zest, jasmine and mineral accents. Generous, supple and refreshing, presenting terrific intensity on the finish."

    Date: August 2015
    Publication: Linda Murphy 
    94 Points
    “A sophisticated wine from this Hawke’s Bay-based winery, this was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks and varying sizes of French oak cooperage.  This method lends a gentle, soft creaminess to the wine without obscuring its vibrant yellow stone fruit and grapefruit flavors, minerality and bracing acidity."
    - Linda Murphy

    Date: August 2015
    Publication: The Wine Front
    93 Points
    “Complex aromatic profile showing floral characters, green apple, lime, green herbs, nettles. Tightly wound with inward concentration, slick textural feel, some cool, green apple fruitiness with limey acidity meshed well. Feels seamless, produced from quality fruit, carries long and fine across the palate, finishes gently and lightly mouthcoating/chalky. Feels like a classy example produced from the variety."
    - Mike Bennie