Invivo belle Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Fresh cut pineapple and passionfruit with hints of green gage plums and racy limes hit both nose and palate. Soft, full textured mouth-feel with pleasing balance leaves the palate both awakened and refreshed! Invivo belle is deceptive in its power and has great length without requiring high alcohol, using fruit intensity as the backbone to its structure. Invivo belle will accompany a wide range of cuisine and excel with light salads and pasta dishes.

- Rob Cameron, Invivo winemaker

Specifications

Country New Zealand
Region Marlborough
Vineyards Dashwood 35%, Upper Wairau Valley 65%
Variety 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Brix at Harvest 19 - 19.3
Cellaring 1 - 3 years
Bottle Size 750ml
Winemaker Rob Cameron

Analysis

Residual Sugar 5.4g/L
pH 3.4
TA 6.4
Alcohol 9%

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Winemaking

The fruit for Invivo belle was sourced from our very best parcel destined for Invivo Sauvignon Blanc and a new vineyard located in the Upper Wairau valley. These particular blocks achieve ripe flavours at relatively low sugar levels - critical to creating a low alcohol wine. The season was unusually late with a cool summer leading on to a warm April. The yields were also naturally reduced resulting in punchy intense flavours on the herbal side but with great concentration and length.

The fruit was harvested at night, de-stemmed and crushed then cold settled for 48 hours. Clear juice was racked and solids vacuum filtered back to the free run. A number of yeasts were used to help create a spectrum of aromas and texture with average fermentation lasting around 3 weeks. The tanks were then topped up and stirred (battonage) without sulphur for 10-12 weeks. After the wine had gained some lees texture it was lightly fined with Casein and Isinglass and stabilised for bottling.

Harvest date: 15 April - 24 April 2014