Intense aromas of passionfruit and red currants introduce this fresh, aromatic, full-bodied wine. The palate is well balanced with concentrated gooseberry and citrus, fine minerality and a long lingering summer grass finish.
The grapes for this wine were grown on the stony loam soils of the Hope Plains. Cool nights, combined with New Zealand highest sunshine hours, provided us with the ultimate growing conditions needed to make great Sauvignon Blanc.
The Sauvignon Blanc vines on our home vineyard are now 21 years old and contribute wonderful concentration and structure to the wine. Meanwhile the Sauvignon grapes grown on the nearby Sturkenboom and Chisnall vineyards provide exciting arrays of intense aromas and flavours. Each block was harvested individually at its optimum level of ripeness.
In the winery the grapes were handled very gently and underwent cool fermentations in stainless steel tanks using selected yeast strains. Each component was then held separately and matured for six weeks on yeast lees to allow the fruit characters to fully integrate. Then, after careful blending trials, selected tanks were combined to make the Brightwater Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc.