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• Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: Mundus Vini 2014, Germany
• GOLD: Mundus Vini 2014, Germany
• Silver: International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014, UK
• Silver: New York World Wine & Spirit Competition 2014, USA
• Silver: Spieglau International Wine Competition 2014, NZ
• Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2014
Vineyard: Seifried Cornfield and Brightwater Vineyards
Sugar at Harvest: 21.4°Brix
Date of Harvest: Late March - mid April 2014
pH of Wine: 3.26
T.A of Wine: 7.3g/L
Residual Sugar of Wine: 3.55g/L
The Rabbit Island Vineyard is situated on a wide river flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam, which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea, which helps moderate temperatures.
The Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 kilometres from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond Ranges. The ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun and for ripening the grapes.
In the vineyard, leaves were removed from around the fruiting zone to allow light penetration and air movement around the ripening bunches. Parcels of fruit were picked when flavours, sugars and grape acids were nicely in balance, giving fruit with intensely varietal flavours and a fresh, lasting acidity.
The 2014 Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc over-delivers on all fronts. It has lovely cool climate intensity with elements of dried hops and passionfruit. The palate is inviting with flavoursome tropical characters balanced with fresh natural acidity running the palate.