Sauvignon Blanc (Wild Barrel Fermented) ‘Mugwi’ 6 750ml
A luminous pale golden-green in the glass, this wine displays a powerful and complex nose of ripe tropical passionfruit underpinned with delicate exotic spices and rich nutty biscuit notes. On the palate ripe peach, tropical fruit and nettle are finely balanced with underlying minerality and pure fruit elegance. Full fermentation in French oak barriques, extended time lees, and malo-lactic fermentation give this reserve wine complexity, body and a richness of texture that leads to a long, smooth and lingering finish.
This wine was crafted using a very hands-off, minimal approach to winemaking. Premium grapes from our upper Awatere vineyard were specifically selected by our winemaker at harvest for both ripeness and exceptional flavour profile. After pressing the pure free-run juice was gently moved without settling to old French oak barriques. A natural fermentation with indigenous yeasts followed – allowing each barrel to develop its own distinct flavour characteristics. Once fermentation was completed the barrels were stored cold over the winter months with weekly lees stirring carried out, allowing body and texture to develop in the wine. Once the weather warmed in the spring a secondary malo-lactic fermentation took place, and when completed each barrel was graded with only the best and most intriguing making the final reserve blend. Once blended in tank, the wine was stabilised and filtered before being bottled without fining in early April.
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