Wine Richmond Plains, Blue Moon Sauvignon Blanc, 2016
This Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most unique expressions of this variety. Using old vines, whole-bunch press and barrel fermentation, this wine goes against the norm of Sauvignon Blanc. Although creamy, the wine still expresses notes of fresh gooseberry and passion fruit.
White - An old-vine wine that challenges the conventional Sauvignon Blanc style but remains fresh and aromatic.
Fresh herbaceous characters with gooseberry and capsicum notes. Delicious gooseberry, capsicum, passionfruit and lime/citrus flavours with a lovely background of mineral and nettle tones. Fresh, fruity & vibrant with good weight and length. A very versatile and popular wine that complements a wide variety of food styles especially seafood and ideal as an aperitif.
Because of vibrant acidity, the wine easily pairs with a variety of fish dishes, seafood appetizers, vinaigrette salads, chicken and many other foods.
Sauvignon Blanc is ideally suited to the Nelson region where a combination of warm, sunny days and cool autumn nights, help to create the intense varietal flavours for which this flagship New Zealand wine is recognised.
The old vines are on Scott Henry trellising whilst the new vines were trellised on vertical shoot position. Fruit was picked from the 31st of March, crushed and de-stemmed before being cool fermented to preserve the vibrant, fresh Sauvignon characters.
Youthfully charming and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows green rockmelon, lemon/lime peel, apple and herbaceous characters. The palate is juicy and finely textured, displaying lovely fruit intensity and vibrancy, backed by crisp acidity - 4½ Stars - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, March 2019