Wild River Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Wild River Sauvignon Blanc Accolades

4 stars: Wine Orbit

Aroma and taste

We ripened the fruit more fully, giving this wine some tropical notes along with gooseberry aromas. The palate shows good weight and fruit concentration with restrained acidity and texture followed by a crisp, citrus finish.

Food and wine matching

The crisp acidic edge and medium weight make this Sauvignon Blanc ideally paired with seafood, white fish or chicken. It suits mildly acidic cheeses such as goat’s cheese, feta or sharp cheddars. An ideal match would be a seafood risotto or a green salad with goat’s cheese and roasted red peppers.

Viticulture

The grapes are grown on well-drained, gravel soils. All vines are grafted onto 3309 rootstock, which limits crop and enhances flavour intensity. The vineyard is planted at a high density of 3,000 vines per hectare and the vines are trained on a two – four cane system with a cane length of only 700mm to maximise flavour.

Winemaking

Traditional New Zealand wine making techniques were used to retain as much varietal character as possible. Fruit was pressed and cold settled for 48 hours, then racked to tank and inoculated with selected yeast strains. The wine spent a short period on yeast lees after fermentation before being stabilized, filtered and bottled.