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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

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Wither Hills have been the savvy masters for years, and this 2013 version is everything you would expect from Marlborough, and Wither Hills. Punchy aromas of passionfruits, grassiness, gooseberries and green melons jump out of the glass, and the palate is lighter-bodied, crisp and crunchy, with succulent tropical flavours, licks of chopped herbs, and a refreshing citrusy acidity. As always, these are great seafood wines. 

Winemaker's Notes

Aromas
Distinctly Marlborough, this Sauvignon Blanc exudes vibrant ripe citrus notes, crunchy greens and hints of tropical guava on the nose.

Palate
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.

Food Pairing
A perfect match with plump oysters, green lip mussels, even prosciutto and rock melon.

Winemaking
Our vineyards were harvested at optimum flavour ripeness. The fruit from each vineyard was kept separate throughout the winemaking 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 flavours. After fermentation the wines remained on light yeast lees to enhance palate feel an structure. The wines were then racked, blended, filtered and bottled to retain and capture the remarkable freshness of this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Viticulture
Marlborough began the season with cool temperatures and a high number of spring frosts which continually threatened the early season growth. However, weeks of warm and dry weather throughout the remainder of the season ensured ripening conditions were optimum for canopy growth and berry development. Although there was a small cold spell at the beginning of flowering, average temperatures over this time were still above the long-term average, encouraging a quick fruit set and advanced ripening. An earlier than average harvest with favourable weather during the autumn months allowed the winemakers freedom in their picking decisions. This helped to produce immaculate berries which reached the pinnacle of their expression without the taint of disease. Drought conditions put stress on the region’s water resources this year but also encouraged the production of small berries packed with intense flavours.

Technical Information

Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.17 Residual Sugar: 4 g/l

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Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc

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James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet is clean, with moderately ripe fruit running from lemon/mineral through to tropical, spicy aromas. The palate is well balanced, with plenty of flavour running throughout; crisp finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
89
Michael Cooper (1998 Vintage) says
This is a striking wine, with a voluminous fragrance, mouthfilling body and very rich, sweet-tasting fruit flavours. Winemaker Brent Marris says he's not after "a high-acid, steely wine; I want a fleshy, ripe, weighty style with charm and elegance". There's a subliminal oak influence (5 per cent of the final blend is barrel-fermented), but maturation on yeast lees (and regular lees-stirring) play a much more significant role in the wine's style, "adding to the layers of complexity, without interfering with the fruit". The 1998 is fresh and juicy, but relatively restrained. Ripely aromatic, with mouthfilling body and plenty of mango and melon-like flavour, it's a fleshy wine with sweet, ripe fruit characters, but lacks the sheer excitement of its predecessors. The pale lemon/green 1999 has scented, sweet-fruit aromas in a fresh, mouthfilling style with lovely depth of delicate melon/lime flavours and a sustained, smooth finish.
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James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is fragrant with gooseberry, redcurrant and tropical fruits which come again on the lush gooseberry/passionfruit-navoured palate.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
94
Michael Cooper (1996 Vintage) says
The outstanding 1996 vintage fulfils the promise evident in the lush, first 1994 vintage of (Delegat's winemaker) Brent Marris's Marlborough wine. Barrel-fermented and matured in French oak barriques, the '96 has a voluminous bouquet, with intense, ripe fruit aromas and very subtle wood. A mouthfilling wine with a delicious wealth of sweet, ripe fruit, it is packed with flavour - fresh, ultra-ripe, subtle and long. Hugely drinkable, it is a more complex style than most, but still a celebration of Marlborough fruit flavours. In its youth, the '97 is full of promise, with powerful body and strong, lively, clearly herbaceous flavours budding across the palate to a long, rich finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1995 Vintage) says
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