2016 Brightwater Lord Rutherford Barrique Sauvignon Blanc
5 stars (95 pts) - Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
5 Stars (94 pts) - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
4.5 stars - Michael Cooper, Wine Writer
4.5 stars - Neil Hodgson, Wine Writer
4.5 stars - Winestate Magazine
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This Sauvignon Blanc represents a special parcel of grapes grown on our home vineyard on the Hope Plains. All the vines were carefully trimmed, leaf plucked and then bunch thinned to maximise ripeness and richness. They were cropped very lightly and the grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and flavour. In the winery the juice was gravity fed to barrels and underwent a warm, native fermentation through to dryness. The wine was lees stirred and allowed to undergo a partial, softening malic to lactic acid conversion. Matured for six months on yeast lees in quality French oak. The barrels were then blended together to create this concentrated yet elegant premium Barrique Sauvignon Blanc.
Top 3 food
Simple Seafood ChowderA classic creamy chowder that's easy to prepare and packed with flavor. Perfect for a casual family lunch or get together with friends, it's a hearty dish that pairs extremely with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.