Kono Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand (2019) (IN-STORE WINE PICKUP with ID)
Tasting Notes: A brilliant pale green in the glass, this pure and bright Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a vibrant fruit driven nose bursting with citrus fruits and passionfruit. On the palate luscious fruit flavours of ripe tropical fruits and lifted herbaceous notes are finely balanced with zesty acidity, an underlying minerality, and just a hint of residual sweetness. Juicy, crisp and fresh this wine leads to a long and dry, persistent finish.
WINEMAKING: 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.
VITICULTURE: 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.
Unsettled weather at the start of the 2018/2019 growing season resulted in
lower yields throughout the vineyards, however the warm and dry summer that
followed created the perfect growing conditions. With no disease pressure in the
vineyard and ideal weather over the harvest period, grapes were able to be picked
at optimal ripeness resulting in a wine with bold flavours, freshness and length.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
Decanter World Wine Awards 2018 Platinum (2017 Vintage)
Berlin Wine Trophy Awards 2018 Gold (2017 vintage)
Marlborough Wine Show 2017 Silver (2017 vintage)
6 times voted Best Value in Wine Spectator (Vintages 2009 - 2017)
29 medals, including 6 times Gold, Double Gold, Champion (Vintages 2013-2017)