Hans Herzog Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Regular price $54.00 Sale

As a small family owned winery, our minimum order amount is 3 bottles, this can be mixed across our eclectic range of varieties. 

Vintage 2018

Another great growing season. January recorded some of the hottest temperatures Marlborough has experienced, followed by a month of good rainfall. March came with high sunshine hours and dry weather, perfect for the lead up to the vintage. With our low crop philosophy and meticulously vineyard work, we handpicked grapes of incredible purity at full physiological ripeness.

Hans' Comment

Gently destemmed with partly whole berries. Long, cold maceration to extract the wonderful flavours from the skins. After gentle pressing, the wine embarked upon a natural wild yeast fermentation directly in 500 litre French oak puncheons (30% new). The young wine was left on its pure lees, which was regularly stirred during the first three months, responsible for the exquisite silkiness, complexity and depth. After 18 month of maturation in the barrels, we bottled this nectar with no cold stabilization or fining and only light filtration to retain the beautiful aromas. Natural sediments may show but do not impact on the high quality of this natural wine.

Tasting Note

This completely dry wine is explosively rich and impressively textured with the elegance and refinement of a stately Sauvignon Blanc. It brings intense minerality and texture from the gravelly soils to match the exotic fruit aromas. Ripe candied peel, elderflower blossom, fresh quince and melon on the nose. The oak is successfully integrated in the creamy texture. Enormous length stimulates the palate and keeps the mouth watering throughout. Great purity, leaving a refreshing but weighted mouth with great vigour and persistence from start to finish.

Technical Data

Varieties 90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon
Rootstock Riparia Gloire
Vine Planted 1996 (grafted 2004)
Soil Shallow (<45 cm) stony soil, well drained, developed from stony alluvium. Not one row shows the same soil type.
Plant density 5,500 vines/ha
Yield 3t/ha
Alcohol 14.5%
Residual Sugar <1g/L
Ageing Potential

10 years if kept at constant temperature under 14 degree Celsius

Bottles Produced 2,070