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2016 Brightwater Lord Rutherford Barrique Sauvignon Blanc

Nelson

This full-bodied, barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc has deep aromas of citrus and cantaloupe. The palate is wonderfully rich and complex displaying concentrated tropical fruit flavors with subtle barrel overtones.
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Winemaker's notes

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.

Details

Vintage2016 RegionNelson VarietySauvignon Blanc ClosureScrew cap ColorWhite Volume750ml Case size12
Alcohol Level 13.5%

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