Starborough Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with richness of passionfruit, herb and mineral flavours. The nose is soft and elegantly proportioned with aromas of passionfruit, white floral aromas and nuances of fresh herbs and mineral notes. Lively on the palate and wonderfully structured by juicy acidity.
- Gold – New Zealand International Wine Competition
- Awarded 91/100 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Oct 2017
- Awarded 17.5/20 Points – Raymond Chan, Oct 2017
The fruit was sourced from three individual Starborough vineyards. 40% O’Dwyers Farm Vineyard in the Rapaura district (Wairau) where the soil is a fertile free draining alluvial silt loam providing potent fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc. 40% from Starborough Terrace Vineyard (Awatere Valley) and 20% from Long Lane Vineyard located on the northern and southern banks respectively of the Awatere River. The soils at the Awatere vineyards comprise of alluvial silt over stony river gravel deposits. They are of moderate fertility and very free draining. All three sites provide the perfect conditions for growing premium cool climate Sauvignon Blanc.
The yield on the two and three cane VSP (vertical shoot position) trained vines were closely monitored through the growing season. Targeted shoot thinning was performed to produce optimum canopy growth and yield control.
Each vineyard block was carefully monitored during ripening and machine harvested in cool early morning conditions at peak maturity and flavour development.