3 TALES MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2019
Marlborough New Zealand
The growing season of vintage 2019 in Marlborough has resulted in a smaller than expected yield across the entire region but also delivered intensely flavoured fruit of exceptional quality. Spring produced near perfect conditions for bud burst and canopy establishment while a lack of any significant spring frosts resulted in very high yield predictions. Above average rainfall combined with below average wind and sunshine hours in December meant flowering and fruit set was slightly below earlier predictions. However, almost drought-like conditions from Christmas onwards meant a dry, hot ripening season allowing the fruit to reach intense levels of flavour and ripeness. It also meant that despite some heavy, late season rain the fruit was in immaculate condition come harvest time and in pristine condition at the winery.
Very pale yellow – gold with bright green highlights. The nose displays lively aromatics of tropical fruit notes with an underlying citrus zest. The palate is bold, showing hints of guava and crisp green apple. The ensuing vibrant acidity adds structure, length and a pleasingly dry finish.
Parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were individually harvested by block before being pressed into stainless steel tanks. Clean juice was racked and inoculated with yeasts, selected to enhance varietal intensity before a long, cool fermentation. Varietally punchy tanks were chosen and assembled before filtration and bottling.
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