2020 Kono Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
This pure and bright Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a vibrant fruit-driven
nose bursting with citrus fruits and herbaceous characters. On the palate
luscious flavours of lemon zest and guava combine with notes of currant leaf and
fresh bell pepper. Finely balanced with zesty acidity, underlying minerality and
just a hint of residual sweetness this crisp and fresh wine leads to a perfectly
long, dry, and persistent finish.
Machine harvested grapes are transported to our winery located in
Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. Once at the winery the grapes are pressed
in modern membrane presses, with both the free-run and harder pressings
combined in stainless steel tanks then chilled and settled until clear. The juice is
then racked and warmed before being inoculated with selected yeast cultures.
The ferments are controlled through temperature manipulation and stopped
with just a very small amount of residual sweetness. Blending occurs in early
June, after which the resulting wine is stabilised and filtered without the need for
fining, ready for bottling in early July.
PO Box 440 Nelson, New Zealand
Telephone: +64 3 520 9230
Freephone: 0800 864 894
Facsimile: +64 3 578 0253
Grapes for this wine are grown on a range of both Kono owned sites and
vineyards from dedicated growers located throughout the main viticultural
areas of Marlborough. The Waihopai, Awatere, and Rapaura sub-regions are all
represented in this blend, bringing a unique flavour profile to the finished wine.
The 2019/2020 growing season started with warm temperatures and above
average rainfall leading to early flowering and a good fruit set. Temperatures over
the summer were above average, with minimal rain falling from mid-December
until well after harvest. March provided ideal harvest conditions with warm sunny
days and cool clear nights allowing the grapes to develop to full physiological
ripeness while still retaining crisp acidity in true Marlborough style.