The Ned Sauvignon Blanc, 2017/2018
$133.26 / case(12)
Viticulture vertical shoot positioned cane pruned vines planted at a density of 2525 plants per hectare. The soil originates from an ancient riverbed comprised of free draining stony silts with a silt loam topsoil. Vintage with the strongest el nino weather pattern since the 1990s being predicted for 2016 the relatively cool start to spring and subsequent growing season came as a bit of a surprise. By mid-october however things began to look more typical as temperatures increased and the relative dryness so typical of el nino began to manifest. The weather during flowering was warm and settled leading to one of the most rapid and complete fruit sets seen in recent years. Early 2016 brought much needed rain refreshing canopies and replenishing dams. Before this the district had been surviving on just over half its usual rainfall. The key ripening months of february and march were warm with above average sunshine hours setting the trend for a warm and largely dry harvest. Wi,,wine~new zealand wines~new zealand~~marlborough~,18/19,y,white,y 504,085307600305,1the ned pinot gris [new zealand],750ml,,12. 62,133. 26,12,,n,,,wine~new zealand wines~new zealand~~marlborough~,18/19,n,white,y 504,085307600307,1the ned pinot noir [new zealand],750ml,,16. 83,177. 73,12,,n,viticulture sourced from the renowned ben morven and slopes vineyards the 2015 vintage was naturally low yielding with a long ripening period that has ensured optimal fruit expression and super supple tannin. Our pinot noir vines are planted in the deep clay loams of the southern valleys universally regarded as the finest pinot noir terroir in marlborough. The vines are cane pruned and meticulously tended to achieve a naturally balanced crop of intensely flavoured fruit. Vintage having survived a string of spring frosts the timing of budburst was nearly identical to last year though a subsequent cooling off meant early vine development wasn’t quite as vigorous as seen previously. November was dry with temperatures slightly above average. December bought with it a noticeable drop in temperature and just shy of 10mm of rain. This was to coincide with the critical stages of flowering and fruit set and goes some way to explain the lighter than usual 2015 yields. By christmas t
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