Wild Song Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
Gooseberry, bell pepper, lime, passionfruit, tropical fruits, and a lovely flintiness. This wine is lively and expressive with excellent flavor persistence.
The vineyard is situated in the upper Wairau River Valley on several old river terraces laid down centuries ago. Planted on silt over free draining alluvial gravels, it has plenty of horsepower available to ripen Sauvignon Blanc in a way that captures the essence of Marlborough. Cool nights and hot days mean the bright acidity is protected and flavors and aromatics are lifted. Marlborough in Autumn 2019 was dry and warm. Blocks were carefully managed with shade provided by a little extra leaf cover seen as a real benefit and essential in retaining bright flavors and acidity.
Nestled on an elevated site in the Te Awanga foothills, the Cellar Door has views down through 42 acres of vines, across the Te Awanga basin and out to the Pacific Ocean. Te Awanga Estate is a family-owned wine business. It was borne out of a love of making wine and of Hawke’s Bay. In 2007 Rod McDonald left Vidal Estate in Hawke’s Bay and began searching out vineyard sites that would eventually supply the grapes to make his wines of the future. According to Rod, he has one enduring purpose: to grow, harvest, and craft world-class wines. And smile while doing it.