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The 2002 vintage saw the return to a season slightly warmer and with more rain in the early part than average. This necessitated more viticultural diligence to control cropping levels and canopy density. Vines although pruned to conservative levels had very large numbers of florets prior to Floraison ( Flowering). High rainfall and light air frosts served to reduce fruit set to perfect levels. Wetter and cooler spring weather lead to strong shoot growth requiring considerable early canopy work to balance the vines. December to March returned to dry, warm conditions creating an ideal environment for fruit development. The dry, warm and windy conditions toward the end of the season kept grapes free of disease pressure, and the slightly lowered peak daytime temperatures produced a nice steady ripening period where fruit flavours developed in unison with sugar ripeness. Overall the fruit at harvest had great concentration and classic Awatere characteristics.
All grapes for this wine were estate grown on the alluvial soils of the Awatere Valley's northern river terraces. Viticultural input is directed at maintaining low yields (less than 5 tonnes per acre) and good vine balance to produce fruit which ripens uniformly and with maximum flavour intensity. We believe the best wines come from vines that exist in balance with nature, so much of the original vegetation remains and spraying is kept to a minimum on our vineyards.
This 2002 Sauvignon from Marlborough's Awatere Valley has a pale yellow colour with green highlights. Its nose is characterised by a lovely mix of tangy lemon and herbal notes. These run into a rich palate full or ripe currants and honeysuckle which rest on a lingering mineral base.
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