SOMETIMES WE LEAVE THE FRUIT ON THE VINES AND LET IT RIPEN AND OVER RIPEN AND THEN WE MAKE TEENY TINY QUANTITIES OF TART HONEYED GOLD.
Food and wine pairing doesn't get much better than a glass or two of Jules' Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc matched with a sticky (or stinky!) cheese platter, garnished with caramelised figs and honey toasted nuts. YUM!
The 2018 vintage was one of those times when Mother Nature created the perfect conditions for the noble rot to develop in the grapes. This led to some wonderfully dehydrated berries that provided us with intensely flavoured viscous juice.
AROMA & FLAVOUR
This wine has outstanding aromas of passionfruit, lychee’s and caramelised fig with notes of honey and a touch of white floral fragrance. The palate is decadently sweet with concentrated flavours of ripe passionfruit, lychee and apricot marmalade and a hint of grapefruit pith. A soft line of acidity from its Sauvignon Blanc heritage cuts through the sweetness to balance the rich flavours to perfection. Luscious!
Temperatures in Marlborough were a few degrees higher than normal heading into spring. Moisture content in the soils were low which lead to an even bud burst in the vines. Below average rain fall continued from September to December, these settled weather conditions were ideal for flowering and a great fruit set. The Sauvignon flowered very close behind the other varieties, and we were beginning to worry that everything would be ready to harvest at the same time! Post flowering, the warmer temperatures continued but the dry conditions gave way to frequent rainfall which meant verasion was earlier than usual in Marlborough. Due to the strong fruit set, colour thinning and fruit dropping were required in some of the blocks to ensure yields were kept down. With all of the rain that fell January to March, canopies were in excellent health all the way to harvest. The sizable rainfall events in late February and early March caused disease across the district, but luckily for this wine, disease equals deliciousness! And we were able to leave this botrytised fruit on the vines for a good amount of time to allow them over ripen and become more intensely sweet, fruity and sticky.
We hand picked the grapes one cold morning late April 2018. The raisined berries were crushed and pressed a first time. The juice from the initial pressing was chilled and returned to the press, allowing the skins to rehydrate, and thus obtaining a little more of the precious nectar. The viscous juice was settled then fermented in a small tank, a slow affair due to the high concentration of sugars in the juice. We finally bottled in August of 2018.
A sweet yet tangy array of limes and mangoes with a fresh and vibrant finish. Very focused. The nice acid cut delivers balance. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
JAMES SUCKLING - 92 POINTS
Bright, light golden-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the edge. The nose is initially a little shy, but opens to reveal ripe aromas of tropical fruit and green stonefruits along with lime marmalade, along with honey and musky botrytis. This has good intensity and concentration, unveiling notes of herbs which add to the freshness. Very sweet to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has a bright and well-concentrated heart of rich and succulent flavours of tropical fruits and green stonefruits, lime marmalade, honey and musk. The palate has a subtle unctuousness which is balanced by refreshing acidity. The flavours are underlined by a little alcohol power, and carry with good energy along a smooth, fine-textured line, the wine blossoming with tropical fruits, florals and honey leading to a long, lingering finish. This is a bright and vibrant, rich and lusciously sweet Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc with ripe tropical and green stonefruit flavours, lime marmalade and honey on a fresh palate with good drive. Match with fruit desserts, flans and tarts over the next 3-4 years.