Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Owner / Winemaker: Jules Taylor

With Easter just around the corner and ‘all things sweet’ being encouraged - for those occasions where chocolate is not the centre of attention. Why not enjoy a glass of this delicious sweet wine, which has the added bonus of pairing with so many dishes and having a refreshingly lifted finish. To source ideal parcels of fruit for this 2014 ‘Late Harvest’ Sauvignon Blanc, Jules returned to the same block that was so successful for her back in 2011.

 

The 2014 growing season was one where Mother Nature created the perfect conditions for botrytis (noble rot) to develop on the grapes. The late rain during March and April produced ideal conditions to achieve high levels of botrytis on the grape bunches, with approximately 95% being affected. This resulted in some wonderfully dehydrated berries that provided Jules with intensely flavoured viscous juice.
Jules and her team carefully hand-picked each bunch and individual berries on a cold morning in late April. On arrival into the winery, the raisined berries were crushed and gently pressed a first time. The juice from the initial pressing was chilled and returned back to the press, allowing the skins to ‘soak’ for a time, thus when pressed for a second time obtaining a little more of the precious nectar from each berry. The viscous juice was then settled and due to the high concentration of sugar, was very slowly fermented in a small stainless steel tank. After tasting the finished wine was finally bottled in August and released September 2014.
As you pour this viscous nectar into your glass, you will be greeted by a golden yellow colour and a glowing hue. Nearly some 6 months after release, this wine is still showing lifted aromas of ripe stone-fruits, honeysuckle and spiced orange zest. The palate is decadently sweet with concentrated flavours of ripe mandarin, nectarine and honey with subtle hints of citrus. A backbone of natural acidity from the Sauvignon Blanc cuts through the mouth-coating sweetness to balance out the intensely lifted flavours to give this luscious wine a perfectly refreshing finish. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

The luscious side to Sauvignon Blanc.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well now; and for those with patience will repay another 6-8 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with lemon meringue, berry cheesecake, apricot pastries, hokey-pokey ice-cream and rich, sweet blue-cheeses, enjoy.