Old Coach Road Sauvignon Blanc 2019
- Light, aromatic
Sam Kim from Wine Orbit calls this wine fabulously aromatic, and the producer uses the words punchy and flavoursome to describe it. So when I tried the wine, I was hoping for a taste explosion and I sure got one! It’s classic, unashamedly sauvignon blanc with passionfruit aplenty, pungent lemongrass and feijoa to let you know you’re drinking a Kiwi wine. In general, our neighbours to the east really know what they are doing with the aromatic white and this is a great example. If you like a generously-fruited, but well-balanced sauv, then you’re going to love this!
“The wine is fabulously aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, kiwifruit and lemon zest characters. Leading to a vibrant palate that is juicy and bright. The wine offers terrific fruit intensity and lively mouth feel, finishing long and very tasty. At its best: now to 2021”
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From the producer
The 2019 Old Coach Road Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is punchy and varietal. Lemongrass and freshly podded pea aromas come through on the nose with passionfruit and citrus notes lingering on the palate. The wine is long and flavoursome.
Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15 kilometres from the coast and is sheltered from the south by the Richmond Ranges. The ‘soil’ is a combination of rocks and boulders which is very hard on the farm equipment, but vital for holding the warmth of Nelson’s sun and for ripening the grapes. Our Rabbit Island Vineyards are situated on a wide river Flat. The soil is gravelly sandy loam which is very sandy and free draining. These vineyards are about 1.5 kilometres from the sea which helps moderate temperatures.
In the vineyard, leaves were removed from around the fruiting zone to allow light penetration and air movement around the ripening bunches. Parcels of fruit were picked when flavours, sugars and grape acids were nicely in balance, giving fruit with intensely varietal flavours and a fresh, lasting acidity.
Nelson, right at the top of the south island, vies for New Zealand's best wine region. Its wine history dates back to 1800s German settlers, but the modern industry kicked off in the 1970s. It boasts a vibrant arts and café scene, and although you will see New Zealand's usual suspects (pinot, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and aromatic whites), many of the wines are as eclectic as the people who live here.