Kina Beach Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2015
A pure nose expresses subtle characters of gooseberry along with white peach and chalk. The entry is soft and round with a sweetness that is quickly overtaken by the dryness of the wine style. The initial palate is austere and with a crisp acidity that shows great restraint. Tart green apple gives way as delicate citrus characters of gooseberry along with lemons blend with hints of cantaloupe melon. The wine is delicate with a mineral flintiness bringing it a revitalising purity and freshness. The finish is appropriately dry with lasting weight and length.
Moderate rainfall early in the season and throughout December caused high vigour in our Sauvignon Blanc blocks. January and February saw hot and dry weather bringing lots of growth that required fruit thinning. March continued to be dry with little obvious signs of disease pressure. Rainfall events during harvest were minimal with harvested fruit showing good concentration and intensity of flavour.
The majority of vines sit amongst all day sunshine and afternoon sea breezes. The temperate climate and Moutere clay gravels along with a rich top soil create a unique maritime terroir for growing premium grapes. Vines are pruned to two canes on a VSP trellis system with no irrigation. Ripening is encouraged with an extensive canopy management regime all done by hand.
The grapes were hand harvested, sorted, destemmed, and then gently crushed and pressed. The wine was cold settled for 24 hours with no intervention. Fermentation occurred naturally in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeast strains. After blending and filtering the wine was bottled five months later.
Released in December 2016 the wine will reward further cellaring of 2-3 years which will soften fruit and add a soft floral elegance to the wine.
Raw oysters with balsamic vinegar; lightly pan fried fish in butter; steamed mussels with white wine reduction; poached chicken breast with halloumi, chargrilled peppers and Israeli couscous; chicken salad of rocket lettuce, grilled chicken tenderloins, croutons, crispy bacon strips, parmesan cheese & aioli mayo.