This 2015 R&D Sauvignon Blanc ‘on skins’ pushes the boundaries of what to expect from a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Non-conventional and made in very small quantities, it offers a point of difference among the existing range of wines in the Villa Maria portfolio.
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The wine has a golden-orange hue with pungent aromatics of melon and baking spices such as cardomon and clove. On the palate, flavours of orange rind and ripe peach are balanced with soft fleshy acidity and subtle mouth-coating phenolics.
Vineyards and Winemaking
Spending 18 days on skins in an open top stainless steel fermenter, wild ferment was initiated then a neutral yeast strain added to ensure the ferment reached dryness. After pressing, the wine spent 11 months in seasoned (very old) French oak barriques, undergoing wild malolactic fermentation in the spring. No sulphur dioxide was used during the fermentation or maturation process, with no fining additions or filtration at any stage in the winemaking process.