The grapes are sourced from estate vineyards in Marlborough, two in the lower Awatere valley, and one at the base of the Waihopai valley.
The soil type is predominately aged alluvial loams containing some clay over stone. Dependent on vigour, the vines were pruned to two, three or four canes and trained in a normal vertical shoot position. Ideal flowering conditions, followed by a warm dry summer, meant the grapes were picked in perfect condition. As the vine vigour determines the crop load, the yield was an average of 3 tonnes per acre. Harvest occurred in early April.
All of our estate fruit is batch produced in small amounts and vineyard variability determines the size of the batch. Machine harvested in the cool Marlborough mornings, the batches are fermented separately until dry and a small portion of the juice went through partial malolactic fermentation. Post fermentation the best batches are selected for the Loveblock blend. To add complexity to the wine, very small volumes of Arneis, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer were blended in to the admissible blending proportions.
Colour: Water white with a hint of green and gold.
Aroma: Lifted aromatics with white peach, passionfruit and citrus notes.
Palate: White peach and tropical fruits abound. The lingering finish is underscored with mineral acidity.
Serve at: 45-50°F (7-10°C)
Cellar: 5 to 7 years
TA 7.8 g/l
Residual sugar 5 g/l
Sashimi, oysters, soft shell crab, lemongrass based dishes and new season asparagus.
Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: October 2015