The 2021 Old Coach Road Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is intensely varietal and alive on the nose with hints of melon, lime and hops. The palate is bright and flavoursome with layers of tropical passionfruit and ripe grapefruit. The finish is long and luscious.
Our Brightwater Vineyard is situated 15KM 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 KM from the sea which helps moderate temperatures. Our Queen Victoria vineyard is located in the Motueka area in the heart of a region known for its apple orchards, kiwifruit and hops. Our grapes are grown on very stony free-draining soils giving lovely fruit clarity and varietal intensity.
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.