Marlborough. New Zealand.

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Absolutely gorgeous Sauvignon. Lush passion fruit, gooseberry and sharp elder flower all supported by great structure and weight from the wild yeast found on the grape skins, some time on its lees and well integrated oak. How Sauvignon Blanc should be.

GRAPE Sauvignon Blanc CLOSURE Screwcap

DRY    |________*________|________|________|   SWEET

LIGHT    |________|_______*________|________|  FULL BODIED

NO OAK    |________*________|_______|________|  OAKY

Additional information

Stanley Estate

With degrees in horticulture from the University of Bath, Steve Pellett and Bridget Ennals set off, in true intrepid explorer mode, to travel through Africa then back to the UK to work as fruit technologists. However the beauty of Marlborough’s spectacular Awatere Valley captured their hearts, and lead to the creation of Stanley Estate in 2003. Situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, under the cool gaze of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku (the footprint of the rainbow), the estate takes its name from the ‘Stanley Rover’ in which Steve and Bridget travelled through Africa.

Over ten years Stanley Estates has made a big name for themselves, winning numerous major awards both domestically and internationally. Their dedication to, and connection with the land in which they work is obvious, indeed they signed up early to the NZ Sustainable Winegrowing programme, as they saw this as being the basis and philosophy of their vineyard practices.

In 2020, Stanley Estates was purchased by the family-owned Lake Road Wines in Gisborne. Steve Pellett has become a ‘grower’ for Stanley, continuing to supply grapes to new owners, brothers Steven and Andrew Blampied. Winemaker Eveline Fraser remains at the helm, ensuring consistency in the wines that are frequently acknowledged within the industry and embraced by the wine-loving public worldwide.


Vintage conditions
The 2018 season will be remembered for being the hottest overall summer since records began in 1931, but also for being the wettest summer on record which created very strong vine growth during the season and a really early harvest. The flavours developed steadily during the ripening period and the fruit was picked in parcels as the blocks reached their maturity developed. The grapes were machine harvested at night when the fruit temperatures were lower to capture and maintain the fruit freshness.

Vinification details
The fruit was specially selected and handpicked from the ripest area in the home block. Gently pressed, the juice was transferred directly into French barriques for a wild yeast fermentation, where it developed and matured sitting on lees. The wine was cross flow filtered and prepared for bottling under screwcap to maintain freshness and quality.


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