Embark on a sensory voyage with us as we unravel the intricacies of Harvest 2023, capturing the essence of each step from the meticulous pruning of vines in July 2022 to the creation of the exquisite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in June 2023. Join our dedicated camera team as they shadow the experts, revealing the heart and soul poured into every bottle.
A Season of Nature’s Grace:
Harvest 2023, a season characterised by collectiveness, collaboration, tranquillity, and winemaking finesse, commenced with an auspicious start. Excellent flowering set the stage for an abundant crop during harvest. A classic Marlborough summer unfolded, offering consistent days without excessive heat and a slightly lower total of sunshine than average.
Nature’s grace continued throughout the season, presenting both challenges and opportunities. Light yet persistent rain events during berry maturation required focused vineyard management to preserve healthy fruit for the impending harvest. Across the vineyards, this challenge was met with dedication, resulting in beautifully clean fruit ready for a promising harvest.
Collaboration in Action:
At the heart of Harvest 2023 was a talented and experienced team of cellar hands and leaders. This vintage provided a unique opportunity for everyone to showcase their skills, collaborate, and share expertise. The result was a symphony of flavours that allowed the true essence of Marlborough fruit to shine.
Mechanical harvesting and prompt pressing during the cool night hours ensured the preservation of aromatic qualities. The juice, kept at low temperatures, underwent fermentation to dryness using carefully chosen yeasts, maintaining cool temperatures throughout the process. After clarification, the pick of the tanks was meticulously selected to create a fresh and vibrant blend before bottling.
A Symphony of Flavors:
The culmination of this meticulous process is a wine that is fresh, zesty, juicy, and full—the epitome of a new world style. Expect a sensory explosion that avoids overwhelming the palate. Tropical fruit with a fresh herbaceous character is balanced by zesty passionfruit, leading to a dry finish. This crisp and refreshing wine reflects the true terroir characters of the soils and the area from which it originates, offering the familiar and beloved aromas and flavours that Marlborough is renowned for.
Harvest 2023 encapsulates the spirit of collaboration, dedication, and the delicate dance between nature and human expertise. Join us on this 12-month adventure as we invite you to experience the harmonious blend of collaboration, tranquillity, and finesse in every sip of our Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Cheers to the journey from vine to bottle, where every step is a testament to the passion and craftsmanship that goes into creating a truly exceptional wine.