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Hunter's Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Hunter's Wines

Multilayered palate with well-balanced crisp acidity.

Sauvignon Blanc has been a flagship wine for Hunter's since the very beginning in 1979. This is the variety that introduced Hunter's and New Zealand wine to the world back in 1986 at the Sunday Times Wine Festival in London.

Classically Marlborough, our 2016 Sauvignon Blanc immediately shows passionfruit and ripe tropical fruit aromas with a touch of herbaceous capsicum. It has a very refreshing multilayered palate of citrus and tropical fruits. These flavours and aromas leave a fresh lingering finish on the palate making it a full satisfying wine with balanced acidity.

Spring was dry to start the growing season and late frosts in early December threaten but didn't impact and fruit set was great. Some rain during the growing season in January provided plenty of nutrients and juicy weight to the fruit. A hot and dry summer delivered a harvest as smooth as can be with continuous fruit supply keeping the winery busy. Overall we received slightly above average yields with optimum quality fruit.

Our vinification is aimed at retaining the maximum possible fruit aromas and flavours as seen in the vineyard. To do this we use protective anaerobic techniques with minimal handling. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the morning, then destemmed, gently crushed and pressed to stainless steel tanks. We fermented at low temperatures with neutral yeast. After fermentation the wine is racked and cold stabilised before bottling.

Harvest Date: April 2016
Alcohol: 13.0%
Total Acidity: 7.3 g/l
Residual Sugar: 1.06 g/l
Bottling Date: August 2016

93 POINTS & NO. 1 TOP DROP – Huon Hooke, Dec 2016
"Very light straw-green colour, with a bright passionfruit, tropical aroma, and an intense palate showing very good fruit concentration, drive and length. Exemplary Marlborough sauvignon, limes and lemons, clean and vibrant, zesty and penetrating, with a very long citrusy aftertaste."
GOLD – Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2016, Oct 2016
BRONZE – New Zealand International Wine Show 2016, Oct 2016
BRONZE – Marlborough Wine Show 2016, Oct 2016