Lawsons Dry Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2020  £14.95

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Created for everyday enjoyment, the Estate Range offers an authentic representation of both the grape variety and the region in which they are grown. This is achieved through a variety of vineyard management techniques including yield control. Once in the winery, the fruit undergoes minimal handling thereby retaining the candid influence from each vineyard, all of which have a role to play in the final blend of each wine. The fresh presentation embraces traditional elements while incorporating them within a contemporary, smart design.

Over half of the grapes for this wine came from our beautiful Waihopai Vineyard where two and three-cane vines, nearing 20 years in age, produce intense flavours. The balance was from their Awatere vineyard and the Charles Wiffen block on the outskirts of Blenheim. A mixture of two and three-cane, VSP pruned vines, shoot-thinned to reduce crop levels and leaf-plucked to increase ripe flavours and prevent botrytis by ensuring airflow through the canopy.

Their goal is to harvest all their vineyards in great condition and with maximum flavour. Having their harvester and winery allows them to pick each block when they are at their optimum. Once picked the grapes are gently pressed and the free-run juice is predominately fermented in stainless steel tanks with specially selected yeast strains that enhance the wonderful aromatics. A small portion of the wine is fermented with wild yeasts (from the vineyard) in barrel (7%) and the tank (7%). Each tank is kept separate and tasted regularly and only the best are selected for the final blend.

This wine is very pale straw with pronounced lemon and lime and tropical notes of passionfruit and melon. The palate is crisp and elegant with lovely length and concentration. This wine shows lovely clarity with bright fruit and a chalky, dry finish that highlights the mineral tones.

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