This striking Single-vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc entices with aromas of sweet grass, nettles, blackcurrant and gooseberries, underpinned with white peaches and lime characters. The flinty minerality typical of the Awatere Valley is complemented by a touch of talcum powder and very well integrated acidity. The palate is full bodied, finishing long with undertones of white peach, honey melon, gooseberry and currants with beguiling light exotic characteristics.
Gold Medal - Spiegelau International Wine Awards 2014
Gold Medal - International Wine Challenge 2013
Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
Silver Medal - San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014
Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier 4.5 Stars
"...all the vibrant Marlborough-esque aromas come punching through - ripe tropical fruits of pineapple, sweet passion fruit. On the palate - dry, crisp and elegant with a wet stone and mineral quality followed by crisp red apple and sweet citrus flavors; some tropical too; a vegetal bell-pepper note; high acidity and an elegant edgyness.."
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 93/100, 5 Stars
"Powerful yet beautifully poised, exhibiting perfumed aromas of peach, passionfruit, lime zest and capsicum on the nose, folloed by a concentrated palate that's focused and linear. Lovely intensity backed by crisp acidity. It's textural and finishes superbly long and delicately dry..."
All the grapes for our O:TU Blend 102 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 were harvested from the alluvial flat McKee block, with only the best components from this block being used in this wine.
Moderate flowering in the year delivered a light, intense crop which was monitored carefully to control vine vigor. This produced very intense fruit which we harvested very late in the season, with the fruit for this wine being left to ripen until 1 May.
All measures were taken to retain the very unique flavors and expression of this very one of a kind location.
As it came off the vineyard, all the fruit was immediately crushed to press and the bright, clear juice was left to cold settle for 48 hours. After cool fermentation for three weeks the wine was racked and kept on light lees for four months until bottling. We bottled this wine early to retain maximum freshness and aroma.
This resulting O:TU Blend 102 wine is a full bodied Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which builds up and ends on a long, fine and appetising mineral finish.
Aromas of sweet grass, nettles, blackcurrant and gooseberries are underpinned with white peaches and lime.
Flavours of white peach, honey melon, light exotic characteristics, ripe greens, gooseberry, currants and flinty minerals.
This O:TU Blend 102 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc will age gracefully over the next four to six years, with a more colourful expression emerging.