The best Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blancs offer a different interpretation of New Zealand’s most famous wine style. With our warmer climate and gravel soils inspiring us to look not at Marlborough, but the great white wines of Bordeaux for inspiration. Still undoubtedly Sauvignon Blanc, the riper expression achieved marries well with more complex winemaking techniques including barrel fermentation, arguably producing some of Hawke’s Bay’s most complex and interesting white wines.
On the nose, the wine exhibits fragrant elder ower, grapefruit, basil and passionfruit notes with richer underlying stonefruit characters. This is complemented by subtle nutty oak and a mineral- like complexity derived from the wild fermentation of cloudy juice. On the palate the wine is full, finely textured and persistent with a slightly flinty edge.