This distinctive Sauvignon Blanc comes from sustainably grown parcels of classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, often seasoned lightly with Viognier and Riesling. Picked at optimal ripeness, each variety is harvested and fermented separately. Grapes are destemmed and the free-run juice undergoes cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks followed by aging on the lees to provide body and complexity before blending, fining, filtering and bottling.
The wine has aromas and flavors of fresh lime juice, stone fruits, and sweet herb and spice notes before a clean, dry finish.
Pale straw in colour streaked with green hues. Aromatically, gentle welcoming Sauvignon fruit characters such as lime, grapefruit and gooseberry and a lean complexity with exotic floral notes such as rose and honeysuckle.
On the palate the cool climate acidity and vibrant fruit flavours are coated in a pleasantly rich layered texture and long spring-flower finish.
We found some of the rockiest, driest ground in Martinborough, a handkerchief sized pocket of New Zealand's North Island, where it seldom rains. Then we planted the old river terraces with the newest available Pinot Noir clones from France and left them to it.The result is our Strugglers Flat Pinot Noir, and modesty aside we have to say we're pretty pleased.
Just south of Martinborough, at the tip of the South Island is the world renowned Marlborough region, the New World's home of Sauvignon Blanc. We've chosen to plant our vineyards in the young, stony soils of the Wairau Valley, an area that produces pure, intensely flavoured grapes of exceptional quality. Our growers here tend these vines meticulously and passionately - they are true winegrowers.
This wine is a great aperitif and pairs well with salads and seafood.