2017 Mission Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Mission’s Blind River vineyard possesses a special aspect with gentle slopes and soils comprising sandy loams, with a proportion of clay particles that overlay a gravel subsoil. They are soils that are naturally free draining and give good vine health but restricted vigour due to these stony sub soils. The blocks are planted over a series of elevations. The lower blocks are on flat land and the soils heavier and crop loads higher. As the elevation gets higher there is more slope and the soils poorer, the vines less vigorous producing lighter crops that produce wine with fantastic minerality. This wine was produced off these middle and top blocks, had low crop loads averaging around 10 tonnes per hectare. We left these blocks to hang out to get better maturity and richness in the fruit. The fruit had developed intense flavours at harvest in early - mid April at 20-21 Brix on average.
Fruit was crushed with minimal skin contact. Only free-run juice and light pressings were used in the final blend. The Sauvignon Blanc wine was fermented in at cool temperatures in stainless steel. Yeast strains specifically developed for Sauvignon Blanc were used to conduct the fermentation. After fermentation we made a selection off the best wine batches to create, this Estate blend.
This wine very much reflects the 2017 vintage, where the summer was a little cooler. The flavours are consequently very intense. The colour is pale. The bouquet has fresh grapefruit, floral, herbal and passion fruit aromas. In the mouth the wine has very good weight and texture with fine acidity. The finish is juicy with good weight, and has an incredibly long finish.
Made in an accessible fresh style, this Sauvignon Blanc will soften over the coming year. Cellar up to two years.
Alcohol 13.1 %
Acidity 7.3 g/l
Residual Sugar 4.6 g /l