Situated in Marlborough’s renowned Rapaura Area the Staete Landt vineyard experienced good rainfall during the 2016 winter followed by sunny warm days in spring. This resulted in punctual bud burst for the Sauvignon Blanc vines, also the hot dry weather through flowering in September provided beautifully full, well set bunches. Long hot summer days continued with hotter than average temperatures and higher than average sunshine hours. Due to this great weather a clean well-balanced crop of
Sauvignon Blanc ripened a little earlier than average. The first Sauvignon Blanc was harvested on the 24th March. Subsequent parcels were then harvested at optimal ripeness with the last block being picked on the 2nd of April. The warm beautiful 2017 vintage gave us beautiful clean fruit with optimum physiological ripeness and great intensity of flavours.
The Sauvignon Blanc in the Staete Landt vineyard is planted in six separate parcels each providing its own unique expression. These parcels are always picked separately giving an array of different flavours and structure resulting in a wine with great complexity and finesse. The first picks with their hallmark Marlborough herbaciousness and crisp acidity combine elegantly with the concentrated rich tropical fruit of the later picks.
Harvest Dates: 11th April
Brix: 22.5 – 23.1 Brix
Two large portions were hand picked and whole bunch pressed to retain delicacy and elegance. The second hand picked portion (about 20% of the wine) was fermented in 6 to 10 year old barriques. We selected 4 barrels for our ‘Duchess’ wild Sauvignon Blanc. These barrels were left unsulfured and unprotected to go through fermentation with indigenous yeast. Half the barrels went through a secondary ‘malo lactic’ fermentation that adds creaminess and even more texture and complexity to the wine. The result is a highly structured and complex wine with minimal oak flavour due to the age of the barrels.
Alcohol: 12.5%; Acidity: 5.7 g/l; pH: 3.14; Sugar: 2.6 g/l
This new and unique wild style Staete Landt Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderfully rich an complex Sauvignon Blanc with layers of nutty, yeasty savoury characters that contrast with red capsicum and exotic fruit such as pawpaw, passion fruit. On the palate the wine is full bodied, well-balanced with great complexity and big texture. This rich and voluptuous wine has attractive mineral characters and European style elegance.