2016 Gravestone

Vintage 2016 began with a settled and dry Spring resulting in great flowering and a corresponding excellent fruit set. The settled weather continued up to the New Year when wet weather patterns became prevalent which continued into the harvest months. Careful attention to detail in the vineyard paid off with astonishing fruit quality across all varieties in what was undoubtedly a most challenging year.

Our Sauvignon blanc was hand harvested off a number of hilltop blocks and given extended skin contact before pressing and ‘wild’ fermentation on juice lees in barrel. The Sémillon was gently pressed and clarified before fermentation in old seasoned barrels. Following fermentation the wines stayed on lees for 6 months in tank and barrel before blending. The final blend consisting of 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Sémillon was transferred to tank to ‘marry’ for 3 months before bottling.

The wine exhibits aromatics of guava, gooseberry and nettles with undertones of lychee and chalk dust some flinty sulphide notes. The palate is fresh with vibrant acidity balanced by weight and texture from the barrel fermentation and a long persistent finish.

Fermentation in oak barrels and puncheons by wild yeast gives a more rounded, silky texture to the wine which is not a common New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc characteristic.