With great pleasure, we’re happily bringing back the New Zeland Wine Lunch over the period between September and November of 2016.
One of the wines we will be serving with this offer is going to be Churton Estates Sauvignon Blanc.
Churton’s exceptional hillside vineyard above the Waihopai Valley was first planted in 2000 with a European approach, close vine spacing and high density. The vineyard is managed according to principles of biodynamics and organics and from this vintage all of wines are fully certified organic. 2014 was a very good growing season. Excellent fruit set led to very even bunches and even ripening. Harvest was a little earlier than usual. All fruit was hand-picked, starting on 24th March. The small yield of thick skinned berries gave the wine exceptional concentration and structure.
100% hand-picked fruit was gently whole bunch pressed. The resulting wonderful delicate juice was settled for 12 -24 hours only. This retains a slightly milky juice with all the good bits left in. The juice was fermented in a combination of tanks and about 12% French oak barrels. To this end all parcels were kept separate and blended only after 10 months ageing on yeast lees. The wine was bottled after a final filtration in March 2015, 11 months after harvest.
The result is a very aromatic wine that has spicy complexity on the nose with a hint of dry grass and fennel seed-like character. In the mouth the wine is dry and full with a creamy texture, white peach and melon style fruitiness and a clean focused finish with crisp citrus acidity, minerality and great length.