Certified organic and 100% estate, this skin-fermented Sauvignon Blanc is vinified all naturally with wild yeasts. Very unique expression of Sauvignon Blanc.
Grapes were hand-picked from the Eastern section of the vineyard, which due to lighter, less vigorous soils and more wind exposure produces smaller, riper berries and lower yields. De-stemmed without crushing, fermented at cool temperatures with indigenous yeast. 16 days on skins, fermentation finished off skins to ensure minimal oxidation. Extensive lees contact over six months to develop the characteristic texture before being prepared for bottling with a minimal sulphur addition. Unfined, unfiltered.
Rich grapefruit yellow color. Complex seed spice, manuka honey, baked quince and spicy clove on the nose. An opulent, creamy and honeyed texture in the mouth. Peaches and nectarines combine with more complex flavors of soft ginger spice and pithy grapefruit phenolics. A subtle, balanced acidity and a long finish with hints of creamy oyster and lemon zest.
Supernatural Wine Co. is a producer of certiﬁed organic, naturally viniﬁed, low sulphur white and skin-fermented white wines from a north-facing hillside estate in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Supernatural Wine Co. obtained full organic certiﬁcation with BioGro New Zealand (www.biogro.co.nz) in March 2015 and commenced biodynamic farming practices in 2015.
Supernatural Wine Co.'s philosophy relies on great terroir and traditional processes. Their aim is to make all their wines as naturally as possible to produce true terroir driven wines. They use indigenous yeast gathered from their vineyard for fermentation and add nothing to the wines other than a little sulphur before bottling. They do not ﬁne our wines and they have not ﬁltered the 2015 skin-fermented wines. They want to focus on producing dry aromatic and skin-fermented white wines in a very clean and direct style.
Hawke's Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest. Hawke’s Bay’s maritime climate is similar to Bordeaux but cooler, producing a more vibrant Sauvignon Blanc style that is versatile and food-friendly. The wine style falls somewhere between Bordeaux, Loire and New Zealand and it has its own unique and appealing character.
The Supernatural vineyard at Millar Road has proven pedigree being in proximity to and on similar soils, slope and aspect as Te Mata Coleraine, one of New Zealand’s most accoladed vineyards. Over 90% of New Zealand’s vineyards are on ﬂat land with alluvial gravel soils, so this soil and site produces very distinctive wines in a New Zealand context.
The vineyard is an amazing site for viticulture being situated on a north- facing hillside with slopes up to 30 degrees. Soils are lime-rich clay with volcanic inﬂuence – they are classiﬁed as Matapiro sandy loam over Kidnappers Group sandstone and carbonaceous mudstone.
The Millar Road property is 19.4 hectares, with 8.9 hectares planted in vines – 8.0 hectares Sauvignon Blanc (18,000 plants) and 0.9 hectares Pinot Gris (1,800 plants). Vines were planted in 2004 and 2005.
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