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.
'Slightly smoky top note, passionfruit, guava and lime with some nettle-like herbal character, though it's neatly in the background. Light, fresh, lime and guava tang, pure acidity, a little bit of crunch and flint on a long clean finish. Lovely expression of NZ Sauvignon. Not so brash and abrasive as Marlborough with super ease of drinking too.' 93 pointsGary Walsh. The Wine Front. March 2016 All Reviews