The grapes for this wine are from our Loveblock Farm in Marlborough’s lower Dashwood sub-region in the Awatere Valley. The soil type is predominately aged alluvial loams containing some silt loam over stone. Dependent on vigour, the vines were predominantly pruned to three canes and trained in a normal vertical shoot position. Ideal flowering conditions followed by a warm dry summer meant the grapes were picked in prime condition. As vine vigour determines crop load, the yield was an average of eight tonnes per hectare. In 2016, harvest occurred in mid-April. The vineyard is certified organic with BioGro NZ (#5266).
Machine-harvested in the cool Marlborough mornings (with no field additions), the fruit for this wine was batch produced in small amounts with soil variation within the vineyard determining the batch size. The batches were fermented separately until dry. Post fermentation, only the best batches were selected and the wine was made following organic winemaking procedures. Approximately seven percent was aged in neutral French oak barrels for six months and this portion also underwent secondary malolactic fermentation.
Colour: Pale straw with a hint of green.
Aroma: Lifted aromatics with pineapple, passionfruit and intense citrus blossom.
Palate: Elegant palate with white peach, underscored with tropical fruits and linear acidity. It has a creamy mouthfeel and texture due to Loveblock’s organic winegrowing practices.
Food match: Sashimi, oysters, soft-shell crab, lemongrass-based dishes, new season asparagus, salads and Asian cuisine.
Organic status: Certified organic – BioGro #5266.
Sustainable status: Certified sustainable – Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
Vegan status: Vegan friendly
Cellar: Five to seven years.
2017 NZ Organic Wine Awards: Gold
Winestate Wine of the Year Special Edition 2017: 4 Stars
Cuisine Tasting #186: 3 Stars
Bob Campbell: 90 Points
Cameron Douglas: 92 Points
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit: 5 Stars
Raymond Chan: 4 Stars
New Zealand Listener: 4 Stars
Winestate Nov 2016: 4 Stars
TA 7.5 g/l
Residual sugar 5 g/l
|Winemaker: Kim Crawford
Tasted: July 2017