Fruit for our Sauvignon Blanc, principally sourced from our historic St. Helena estate, was hand-picked in the cool of night to ensure it reached the winery in pristine condition. The freshly picked grapes were cold-soaked on the skins for 6-8 hours, before going to press, a process that enhances the fruit’s natural aromatics. The wine was cold fermented slowly in stainless steel tanks to further its wonderfully aromatic bouquet and delicate flavor profile. This light to medium-bodied wine displays vibrant, finely balanced acidity with notes of lime and grapefruit on the nose and flavors of citrus and passionfruit on the palate.
The 2018 vintage featured near perfect growing conditions from start to finish. Abundant February rain gave way to a slightly late bud break, but from there on the vines and grape clusters enjoyed copious amounts of ripening sunshine tempered by cool maritime influences at night. Temperatures remained even and steady throughout the Summer and well into Fall, devoid of any major heat spikes. This all made for a leisurely unhurried harvest that extended well into November for the reds. This extended hang-time on the vine led to fruit with great concentration of flavor and natural acidity, and the resulting wines should be exceptional.
- Alcohol: 13.5%
- pH: 3.36
- TA: 0.57 g/100ml