Downes Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2021
When thinking back on the 2021 harvest, James Downes sees the harvest period divided into 2 parts- mid February and late March, with an unusual heavy rainfall dividing the two parts. We kicked off the harvest with our stunning Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The remainder of the Sauvignon Blanc crop was picked after the unusual heavy rainfall event in early March, resulting in some of our Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes being picked the latest ever in the history of the farm! This was not a bad thing at all… in fact, it worked in our favour. The Sauvignon Blanc grapes picked before the rain provided fresh acidity and nervous energy whereas the grapes picked after the rains provided riper, fuller flavours and mouthfeel, bringing an exciting new dimension to our Sauvignon Blanc 2021, which we would not have achieved, if the grapes were all picked at the same time in February.