The 2011 vintage fit a theme of ‘late to start and late to finish. The growing season began cooler than usual which delayed bud burst. Late spring rains followed by warm weather facilitated aggressive vine growth and dense canopies. Our vineyard crews were proactive by hedging vines and removing selected leaves and laterals at the base of the grapevine shoots to improve airflow and sunlight around the clusters; all in pursuit of quality. The cumulative growing degrees in August and September were the highest ever recorded, so ripening was continuous and harvest commenced in late September. In the early hours of September 26th vineyard crews began picking our Sauvignon Blanc at our Black Sage Bench vineyards, making this our latest harvest on record. After a cool and reluctant season, canopy management and patience rewarded us with a farming year that produced fantastic wines with delightful fruit profiles, lower sugars and great balanced acidity.
Ripe fruit with refreshing acidity is the hallmark of this Pinot Blanc. Intense aromas of yellow apple, peach and nectarine fill the glass, along with hints of spice. The palate is full of ripe fruit notes and is backed by citrus infused acidity. Lovely as an aperitif, this wine will also pair nicely with grilled fish, fresh oysters, summer salads or creamy pasta dishes.
|100% Pinot Blanc|
|12.0% Alc. | R.S. 5.4 g/l | T.A. 6.2 g/l | 750mL|
|Harvest:||September to November 2011|