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Stoneleigh Sauvignon blanc

$15.49 per bottle

Variety: New Zealand
Brand: Stoneleigh
Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough
Vintage: 2012
Size: 750ml
Product Code: 2020
Availability: In stock
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Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc features fantastically ripe fruit displaying tropical notes with an underlying citrus edge. Crisp, vibrant and lively – this is a very pleasing wine


Stoneleigh Sauvignon blanc

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The 2012 Marlborough Growing Season
Marlborough’s weather in 2012 was dominated by a La Nina weather event in late 2011 being cooler than normal and causing a delayed, then prolonged flowering period. This also resulted in a naturally lighter crop level and later a delay in harvest of between 5 and 12 days around the region. As is often the case though, Marlborough’s weather provided an ideal harvest period and April 2012 was one of the sunniest from the last eighty years with average temperatures. Rainfall was well below the April average assisting greatly with the harvest timing. This ideal weather gave the opportunity to ripen fruit until flavours were at their optimum.

Soil Type
The Stoneleigh Vineyard sites are located on the northern side of the Wairau Valley in close proximity to the mighty Wairau River. Often referred to as the Rapaura Series of soils, they are characterised as young soils, based on river silts and stones. They tend to be low in nutrients and have poor water-holding capacity.

Clonal/Rootstock Selection
Clonally, this Sauvignon Blanc is mainly mass selected on a mix of five main rootstocks, these being SO4, 3309, 101/14, RG and Schwarzmann.

Winemaking Details
The grapes were harvested from early April through until the end of April 2012. Most of the grapes harvested were crushed to bag presses or ‘tippy tanks’. The juice was drained and pressed from the skins to minimise excessive phenolic extraction. After settling to remove solids, the bright clear juice was racked to ferment. The juice was fermented slowly using selected aromatic yeast at cool temperatures to retain the very distinctive regional and varietal characters.

Aroma and Palate
The wine is light straw in colour with subtle green highlights. This wine displays lifted white-fleshed nectarine and tropical fruit aromatics with grapefruit and subtle sweaty notes. The palate shows balance, with ripe melon and stone fruit flavours and a complex minerality balanced by a tight, fresh acidity. This is a vibrant and lively wine.

Cellaring and Food Matching
This wine is best enjoyed whilst it is young and exuberant. Serve slightly chilled on its own or with delicate white meat or seafood dishes.

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