2020 Rock Ferry 3rd Rock Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Rapaura, Wairau Plains, Marlborough
Our aim in the vineyard is to grow the best fruit we can so it can speak of its home and express its personality. To do this you need healthy vines and soil. By practicing organics and incorporating some biodynamic principles we believe we are doing our best to help achieve this and let our vineyards evolve and speak as they would like.
This wines comes from the SB clones 316/317 and MS , grown on our Corners and Orchard vineyards. The MS clone was machine harvested and immediately pressed . The juice was cold settled for 48 hours and after racking , fermented with aromatic yeast strains to promote the aromatic profile of the grapes. Once the ferment was complete the wine was racked off ferment lees . The 316/317 Clones were hand harvest and the fruit whole bunch pressed . The free run juice from this portion was settled overnight and racked into a seasoned 3800 L oak cuve for indigenous fermentation. The wine was left on full ferment lees for 3 months prior to blending with the above component and bottled.
This Sauvignon Blanc is textural and vibrant with generous tropical fruit notes that are balanced by notes of grapefruit and lemongrass. Refreshing acidity drives the palate, while added complexity from the cuvee portion enhances the mid palate and combines to give a lengthy finish to the wine.
Alc 13.0%, TA 5.4 g/l, pH 3.06, RS 3.0g/l
Allan McWilliams & Jordan Hogg
5 stars - Sam Kim with Wine Orbit, 4.5 stars - Winestate, 94 points - Cameron Douglas MS.