Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc is a pale straw colour with hints of green and gold. Complex and elegant bouquet of pineapple, guava and meadow grass. The dry and low- to medium-bodied palate has a round texture and compelling creaminess. Grapefruit and lemon citrus with a good dose of sweet pineapple, ripe peach and chalky minerality.
100% Sauvignon Blanc. The grapes come entirely from the certified-organic Woolshed vineyard on Loveblock Farm, in the Lower Dashwood sub-region of Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. The soil type is predominately alluvial loams containing some silt loam over stone. No sulphur or ascorbic acid in the vineyard as per organic winemaking practices.
Machine (65%) and hand (35%) harvesting of the grapes in the cool Marlborough morning. The fruit for this wine went though batch production in small amounts with soil variation within the vineyard determining the batch size. Fermentation of the handpicked grapes separately in alternate vessels – a concrete egg, two amphorae and neutral old French oak barrels – on wild yeast. The concrete egg and amphorae portions were pressed and settled for a few hours, then racked to vessel where primary and secondary fermentation occurred spontaneously. The barrel portion went straight from press to barrel where it fermented on wild yeast and underwent malolactic fermentation. The machine harvested portion went straight to stainless tanks from press where 25 percent underwent full malolactic fermentation to reduce acidity. Post fermentation, only the best parcels were selected for the final Loveblock blend.