The 2012 Aotea Sauvignon Blanc illustrates the light vintage the Nelson region had, with the wine showing a concentrated punch of varietal power on the nose. Lifted passionfruit, feijoa plus tropical guava notes come out on the nose. The palate has lovely entry with mouth-filling passionfruit, sweet red pepper and nettle notes. Well proportioned natural minerally acidity gives definition and direction to the wine and leaves lasting flavours.
Aromatic and fresh Sauvignon Blanc flavours were encouraged prior to vintage through careful canopy management. The fruit was de-stemmed and pressed immediately after harvest and a cool fermentation was initiated in stainless steel tanks to retain the clean, fresh aromatic fruit characters.
The Aotea Sauvignon Blanc 2012 was harvested from our Estate grown Brightwater Vineyard, which is located 15km from the coast and sheltered from the south by the Richmond ranges. The vines are grown in an extremely stony area of the vineyard, where water and nutrient levels are low. This helps to restrict plant vigour and to crop at low levels. To further enhance the aromatics we removed leaves to allow light penetration and air movement around the fruiting zone.
2012 was a cool growing season characterised by particularly low yields due to a cool wet December flowering period. Fortunately Nelson enjoyed a good settled autumn after a cool summer. This enabled very light crops to be harvested in good condition with real fruit concentration and quality.
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