2019 Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is one of New Zealand’s most coastal vineyards. Breath-taking vistas of rolling hills and wild coastline define our wines. The strong on shore winds encourage the grapes to grow small with thickened skins and wonderfully concentrated characteristics.
Yealands Estate Single Vineyard wines are the truest expression of our coastal location, showcasing our unique environment and diversity of flavours across this singularly incredible vineyard. Tasting Note Bouquet: Shows pure fruit flavours of passionfruit, blackcurrant leaf, fresh herbs, layered with bright citrus notes. Palate: The palate is textured and elegant, with the distinctive mineral finish that our Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is renowned for.
Food Match: Enjoy as an aperitif, or with freshly shucked oysters, prawns, green lip mussels and clams. Also matches brilliantly with a goats cheese salad.
Dietary: Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and a gluten free diet.
Cellaring: Enjoy now, or cellar 2-4 years.
The 2019 growing season in Marlborough was a hot and dry one. We received small amounts of rain around the end of December, but then no further until late February. These rain events had very little impact on soil moisture levels, but helped to replenish our rivers, setting us up nicely to see us through to harvest. Vintage started in mid-March and it provided us with incredibly stable weather. This meant we could pick blocks at their optimum ripeness.
The Sauvignon Blanc from this vintage is showing the wonderful typicity that our Seaview Vineyard is known for – highly aromatic fruit flavours of blackcurrant leaf and citrus blossom with a vibrant palate that is pure with an elegant mineral finish. Viticulture Our Seaview Vineyard in the Awatere Valley is exposed to some of the toughest growing conditions in Marlborough; high sunshine and wind, cool nights and low rainfall which produces a smaller, thicker skinned berry with intense fruit flavours. This wine is a blend of two different blocks on the property – one warmer, sheltered inland block and a coastal block. The wine brings together in harmony the diverse spectrums of the blocks; the warmer site contributing the expressive aromatics and the cooler site giving the mineral backbone and length.
Sauvignon Blanc —2019 Winemaking Winemaker: Natalie Christensen Harvest Date: 29th March - 8th April 2019
Winemaking Analysis: Alc 13%, pH 3.20, TA 7.1, RS 3.0g/l
Fruit from contrasting areas in the Seaview Vineyard was selected for this wine and harvested individually. The fruit was de-stemmed then pressed gently prior to cold settling for 72 hours. The clear juice was then racked off and each parcel was fermented separately using a specially selected yeast to enhance varietal character. A long cool fermentation followed to capture and enhance the pure aromatics. The wine was blended, stabilised and filtered prior to bottling.