Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc
Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens & hints of tropical guava on the nose. The palate is refined and elegant with superb natural fruit weight providing a juicy core of layered fruit, entwined with a salty textural acidity, vibrant citrus pith and a moreish dry chalky finish - Another remarkable Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc.
Our vineyards were harvested at optimum flavor ripeness. The fruit from each vineyard was kept separate throughout the wine making process to ensure integrity of each site and to provide the greatest possible number of blending combinations. The fruit was gently pressed, cold settled, racked and cool fermented with selected yeast strains to enhance the unique aromatics and flavors. After fermentation the wines remained on light yeast lees to enhance palate feel and structure. The wines were then racked, blended, filtered, and bottled to retain & capture the remarkable freshness of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine Production Stats
Alc /Vol: 13%
Brix @ Harvest: 21-23
Total Acidity: 6.48 g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.0 g/l
Marlborough was sun drenched throughout late spring and summer as the 2014 growing season saw daily temperatures consistently above long term averages, resulting in one of the warmest summers in the last decade. Flowering and fruit set progressed without concern and we knew we were set up for a great harvest. With the warm weather continuing, ripening progressed quickly and harvest commenced earlier than in previous years. In true Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc style, flavors showed great intensity early in the season but patience was certainly rewarded with the increase of concentration, complexity and balance as the fruit basked in the Marlborough sunshine, especially seen out at the coast at our Rarangi vineyard.
90 Points - Best Buy
"For the price, this is remarkably concentrated, with ample weight and intense flavors. It's more subdued on the nose, offering just hints of stuck flint and grapefruit, but the citrusy flavors surge forward, culminating in a long, grapefruity finish." - J.C.
- (2013 Vintage)
90 Points - Natalie MacLean
"Grassy and herbal with quivering lime vibrancy. Pure, fresh, no oak. Bring me a mega big salad! Food matches: steam mussels."
- (2011 Vintage)
90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
"Pale, bright yellow. Musky nose dominated by ginger. Suave and juicy on the palate, with ripe citrus fruit and spice flowers complemented by a touch of sweetness. Builds nicely on the back half, finishing with subtle length. Combines very good depth with an attractive light touch. Nothing extreme about this nicely balanced wine. A STEAL AT THE PRICE."
- (2010 Vintage)