VITICULTURE / WINEMAKING:
Sculpted by ancient glaciers between the Black Birch and Inland Kaikoura mountain ranges, the Awatere Valley is the coolest and driest of the three Marlborough winegrowing sub-regions. Throughout the long summer and early autumn months, our 2015 vintage has captured its ideal slow-ripening conditions.
For the wine, we identified nine premium parcels of Sauvignon Blanc from our Awatere Valley vineyards and were able to harvest the grapes at the optimal time. Each parcel was picked and fermented separately, allowing us to enhance varietal character using carefully selected yeast strains. A long, cool fermentation took place over four weeks, followed by blending and stabilization before bottling.
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted notes of bell pepper and passionfruit, underpinned with citrus notes. The palate is full with pure fruit flavors, yet balanced with a persistent, crisp mineral finish. Enjoy with both fresh and cooked seafood dishes such as oysters, prawns and fish.
Titratable Acid: 7.15 g/l
Residual Sugar: 3.6 g/l
Grassy, herbal notes accent pink grapefruit on the nose. There's ample weight without it ever seeming heavy, and a silky feel to the wine that lingers on the finish. - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 90 Points
Vibrant, grassy and fresh, with lime and melon flavors accented by a whiff of saline, balancing richness with clean, bright acidity. Drink now. 64,564 cases imported.–MW - Wine Spectator Magazine 89 Points
Very pale, bright yellow. Pungent but nicely ripe aromas of green melon, lime, gooseberry and dusty herbs. Supple, even a bit oily on the palate, with a hint of sweetness buffered by ripe acidity. The firm, slightly tart finish hints at yellow grapefruit and a touch of minerality. - Stephen Tanzer 87 Points