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Earthsong Sauvignon Blanc 2023

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Country: New Zealand
Winery: Earthsong
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
UPC Code: 850037778041
Tasting Notes:

Earthsong Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is intense and tropical with a briny tang.  Dillons Point is renowned for producing Sauvignon Blancs with tropical fruit notes and passion fruit to the fore. There are hints of blackcurrant and grapefruit too. The palate is rich, bright and zesty with a slight briny tang. This wine has real intensity of fruit, with a lovely crisp, mineral finish.

Awards, Reviews, And Other Notes:

94 points – Bob Campbell MW, The Real Review: ‘Fine-grained, punchy sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, jalapeno pepper and oyster shell flavours together with appealing purity. I love the wine’s gentle acidity balanced by fruit sweetness, and its exquisite tension.’

Winemaker Notes:

Dillons Point was first established soon after the first settlers from the UK arrived. It was valued for its fertile, alluvial soils and proximity to the Opaoa River which allowed for ships to unload goods. Soon after the first plantings of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc were made in the 1980’s, Dillons Point became the focus for plantings because of the reliable yields and intensity of the fruit profile. Now some of the oldest plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, these nutrient rich soils allow for high Thiol production which in turn result in the development of this most distinctive, intensely tropical style of Sauvignon. Sourced from an exceptional vineyard in the renowned Dillons Point sub-region of Marlborough. 2023 was an erratic year throughout the southern hemisphere, as the La Niña weather system drew to a stormy close. While North Island suffered badly, Marlborough was blessed by a largely kind system which, despite some precipitation during the ripening period, allowed better managed vineyard to extend fruit hang time and develop some really intense flavours.

Sourced from one, sustainably certified vineyard in the renowned Dillons Point area of the lower Wairau. The vineyard is not tilled, extensive cover crops are used and sheep are run in the vineyard overwinter to provide nutrients. During the growing season, vine are shoot thinned to provide ideal fruit exposure and ripeness. Proximity to the ocean provides night time cooling which helps to preserve the crisp acids and brininess.

Fruit is the star of the how here so winemaking is relatively simple. Machine harvested cool to preserve freshness. Fermented in tank and matured on fine lees in tank until bottling