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Primary Notes: Blackcurrant Wild Herbs Tropical Fruits Grapefruit
Body: Medium -
Dryness: Very Dry
Alcohol (%): 12%
Origin & Awards
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Serving Temperature: Best enjoyed between 6 - 8 degrees
Asian Food Pairing: Sashimi, Tempura
Western Food Pairing: Grilled fish, Balsamic Glazed Chicken
Ara Sauvignon Blanc 2021
This aromatic Sauvignon Blanc shows classic Wairau Valley blackcurrant on the nose, backed up with citrus blossom and hints of wild herbs. The palate is beautifully fresh, with lively acidity and grapefruit flavours. Tropical fruit flavours give a natural sweetness to the wine, which finishes crisp, refreshing and dry.
The 2020 winter was unusually dry with less rainfall than the long-term average. Frost events at the start of the growing season and cold, wet weather during flowering had a significant effect on the region’s fruit set, with a high number of small berries in the bunches reducing yield and promoting concentration of aromas and flavours in the grapes. The summer ripening period was slightly cooler than normal, with rainfall only 38.9% of the long-term average. This long, slow ripening period allowed the winemaking team to block pick grapes as they reached optimal ripeness, without any inclement weather pressure. A few cooler evenings during the lead-in to harvest helped the berries to retain acidity and promote the fresh, vibrant flavours we love in Marlborough fruit.
Grapes were harvested with a range of maturity to contribute a broad flavour spectrum. Following harvest the wine was cold settled then clear racked.
Juice was fermented at moderate temperatures (14-16C) using a combination of classic Sauvignon Blanc yeasts. This ensured distinct varietal definition and fruit purity, and a textural palate. After fermentation, the wine was allowed to age in tank on light lees to further add weight and texture to the wine, before being racked, blended and filtered in preparation for bottling.
Enjoy this Single Estate wine upon release or for up to a further 3 years with confidence.
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