“This concentrated, full bodied Sauvignon displays lifted aromas of citrus and passionfruit. It is well balanced, multi-layered and bursting with rich fruit characters. This leads into a fresh lime and summer grass finish that lingers on and on.”
This Sauvignon Blanc represents a special selection of grapes grown on the Hope Plains. All the vines were carefully trimmed, leaf plucked and then bunch thinned to maximise ripeness and richness. They were cropped very lightly and the grapes were harvested at optimum ripeness and flavour.
In the winery each pick was handled very gently and underwent a cool fermentation using selected yeast strains. Each component was then held separately in stainless steel tanks and matured for six weeks on yeast lees to allow the fruit characters to fully integrate.
The Lord Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc selection was then prepared. Each tank was assessed on strict quality parameters then portions of the most highly expressive and concentrated tanks were chosen and carefully blended to create this premium Sauvignon Blanc.
- – 5 Stars (93 points) – Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
- – 5 Stars (94 points) – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
- – 4 Stars – Michael Cooper’s Guide to NZ Wines
- – 4 Stars – Raymond Chan, Wine Writer
- – Silver medal – Easter Show Wine Awards
- – Silver medal – Spiegelau International Wine Competition
This is fabulous. The wine is beautifully fragrant on the nose displaying white peach, pineapple, feijoa and subtle herbaceous characters, followed by an intensely flavoured palate that’s juicy and lively. Lovely weight and texture too…Sam Kim
Wine Orbit, Senior Wine Judge
…Less herbaceous than the ‘standard’ wine from 2013, it is fleshy and full-bodied, with strong, ripe tropical-fruit flavours of pineapples and limes, and a dry, rounded finish. 4 Stars…Michael Cooper
…gooseberry, grapefruit, red capsicum and nectarines flavours plus a hint of nutty yeast lees character. The wine has impressive mouth feel and purity.Bob Campbell