Tasting Notes 2015
The purity of fruit from the 2015 harvest is the star of the Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’15. Perfumes of passionfruit, gooseberry and citrus blossom all jump out of the glass. Subtropical fruit, lime and guava sparkle across a bone-dry and brilliantly crisp palate. With balance, structure and length through to its fine, fresh finish, Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’15 delivers all the charm of vintage 2015 in one refreshing mouthful.
Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’15 is best served chilled, either as a refreshing pre-dinner glass of wine, or with salads, seafood dishes, and lightly spiced Asian foods.
Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’15 can be enjoyed immediately upon release and will continue to develop in bottle for two years from harvest.
Total acidity as tartaric: 6.4 g/l
Residual sugar: Dry
With sauvignon blanc grapes of such quality, minimal winemaking means the finer aromatics and flavours are preserved. At the winery, the grapes were chilled, gently pressed, and the juice cold-settled before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The finished wines received three months’ maturation before blending, fining, then bottling, in September 2015.
The grapes for Estate Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc ’15 were harvested between 14th March and 15th March 2015 from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards in the Bridge Pa Triangle and Woodthorpe Terraces sub-regions of Hawke’s Bay.
Hawke’s Bay’s warm climate and free draining soils produce sauvignon blanc with ripe fruit characters, balanced by fresh acidity, without the need for residual sugar.
Sourced exclusively from Te Mata Estate’s own vineyards, the estate vineyards wines are blended to represent the best qualities of their variety, vintage and Hawke’s Bay origin.
Estate Sauvignon Blanc '15 - 'Bright, pale, green-tinged yellow. Lovely lift t the aromas of passion fruit, citrus blossom and dusty herbs. Supple and fresh but with good inner-mouth limey lifts to its ripe tropical fruit flavors. Finishes fine-grained and long. Not quite as pungent as Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but more generous and tactile without loss of energy.' 89 pointsStephen Tanzer, Vinous, February 2016 All Reviews