Stratum Sauvignon Blanc 2022
A vibrant Sauvignon Blanc, filled with tropical fruit, gooseberry and citrus flavors with just a hint of white asparagus. Lively and refreshing, this is a real modern classic. Best enjoyed chilled on its own or with seafood and salads. A medium-bodied wine with light acidity and a fine grained texture.
Passion for wine is something Jill and Dayne Sherwood certainly don’t lack. In 1987 they planted 20 acres of vines on their Canterbury block and Sherwood Estate Wines was born. This quintessential Kiwi “can-do” attitude and unwavering determination and dedication to what we do has shaped our company over the last three decades. Every aspect of our business from caring for our vineyards and making the wine, to creating lasting relationships with our customers and suppliers is managed with the personal touch of a family business. With this level of involvement at every step of the process we can ensure the highest standards are maintained.
The Sherwoods believe in fastidious vineyard management year round, hand prepping each vine to give their fruit optimal amount of heat units needed for ripening, while minimizing the amount of sugar in each berry, to maintain the important balance of alcohol to flavor. Fruit is machine harvested and the juice for this wine is primarily the free run juice, with a little from the first pressing of a couple of select vineyard blocks, set against the limestone soils of overlooking hills. Lees aging takes place in tank for three months, with weekly stirring to add depth and texture. Between 1-2%, is barrel fermented with indigenous yeast, which later forms part of the blend. Stylistically, the barrel portion is very hard to detect, but is essential to add texture, without tasting oak.
Winemaker: Petter Evans
Appellation: Waipara Valley
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Yields per Acre: 2.2 t/acre
Cases Produced: 10,000 cases
Filtration and fining: Yes, milk fining
Wood treatment: Nil
Length of barrel maturation: Nil