2014 Delta Sauvignon Blanc
Classic Marlborough flavours and varietal definition. Intense aromas of white currants, blackcurrants, and ripe tropical notes including passionfruit. A full palate, which finishes with fresh acidity. Currant and mineral characters linger for minutes.
Matt Thomson, one of Marlborough's busiest winemaking consultants, has found that the area around Dillons Point produces the most intense flavours in Sauvignon Blanc. Traditionally the Delta Sauvignon Blanc has been sourced from a single vineyard in Dillons Point, however the 2014 vintage sees a blend of grapes from select vineyards in this area. The end product is a wine showing more complexity but the same intensity.
The Dillons Point sub-region has slightly cooler nights in summer, even soils with high levels of available minerals, and excellent drainage due to sand from an ancient riverbed lying beneath the soil.
From flowering through to ripening the 2014 growing season was warmer than usual, although the cooler evenings allowed the unique flavour development typical of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2014 Delta Sauvignon Blanc is a wine of great concentration, but with a classic spectrum of flavour. The wines of Dillons Point have greater than usual depth of blackcurrant and passionfruit flavours, and are more mineral-rich than before.
The grapes were machine harvested during the night and very early morning at around 5 deg C. They were transported with haste to the winery
where they were de-stemmed and pressed immediately to minimize skin contact. The racked juice was inoculated with yeast and fermented at 12 deg C for three weeks. The wine was racked, blended, stabilized, filtered
N o s e: Classic Marlborough flavours and varietal definition. Intense aromas of white currants, blackcurrants, and ripe tropical notes including passionfruit.
P a l a t e: A full palate, which finishes with fresh acidity. Currant and mineral characters linger for minutes.
Serve lightly chilled.