Roaring Meg Sauvignon Blanc 2019
This is a ripe Sauvignon Blanc atypical for Central Otago. The wine displays guava, passionfruit and gooseberry flavours underscored by nettle and chamomile floral notes; These same fruit characters introduce the wine onto the palate, moving into a textured mid-palate and supple acidity the wine finishes with a touch of nettle. This wine is ideal for fun-loving, responsible summer drinking.
Roaring Meg Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc is at its best within three years of release.
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2019 was a vintage of variability, contrasts and many different phases of weather through the growing season. A normal to warm start to the season was interrupted by a cold snap and snowfall mid-November. Weather over flowering was patchy, but overall flowering was successful. An oddity during summer this year was warmer nights and cooler days, giving the appearance of a warmer season than it really was. There was a significant amount of early season rainfall, right through to the end of January. Cool and very dry conditions prevailed through February when verasion occurred - slowing that phase of ripening down. The heat and regular rainfall did reappear in March and then a very cool and lengthy final ripening phase through April.
The grapes for this wine come from our Silver Tussock vineyard in the Pisa Sub-Region of the Cromwell basin of Central Otago. The warm early season conditions really accelerated harvesting, with the earliest pick we have done for our Sauvignon Blanc on the 18th March. The fruit was reductively handled during processing, gently pressed and racked clean. The wine fermented very slowly in stainless steel, to dryness. These practices are employed to retain the maximum varietal fruit character of Sauvignon Blanc.
Alc. 14% T/A 3.2 gL-1 pH 7.4 Residual Sugar 3.5 gL-1