Taste guide: Dry, green capsicum, passion fruit and red currant flavours, good minerality and acidity, unoaked
75cl - 12.5% - screwcap
Estate grown and bottled
Suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians
The Delta farm was first planted in 2000 by four partners and is now owned by one of the original partners, Neal Ibbotson of the famous Saint Clair family.
The fruit for this wine was sourced exclusively from a single 25 acre vineyard in Dillons Point in the Lower Wairau area of Marlborough. This vineyard is planted with a more or less north/south orientation, with relatively flat topography. Soils are free draining alluvial, overlying a sandy subsoil and have high levels of available minerals with incredible drainage due to the ancient riverbed lying beneath the soil.
2017 was a perfect growing season with one of the best fruit sets Marlborough had seen in recent years. Following hand harvesting the grapes were pressed with minimal skin contact, cold settled and racked, then inoculated with a selected yeast strain. Fermentation was undertaken in a small stainless steel tank, after which the wine was settled, lightly fined and balanced, then filtered and bottled.
No oak or malolactic fermentation preserves the pure fruit flavours and freshness in this Sauvignon Blanc. The nose exhibits concentrated aromas of green capsicum, passion fruit and red currant. The palate is mouth-watering with passionfruit and mineral flavours. Fresh acidity with underlying green herbal notes adds focus to the wine. The finish is long and lingering.
It cannot be over emphasised that this is a single vineyard estate wine, bottled on the estate. It is not a mass-produced volume wine.
Prices vary in other outlets, from £13.95 to £14.95, and we even saw a price of £16.95.
Binendwines' price for very limited stock is just £8.50.