2012 Sauvignon Blanc
2012 was the first warm vintage since 2007 and produced amazing fruit full of flavor, vitality, energy, crisp acid and our unique flavor profile. The vintage had very nice bursts of hot weather, but nothing extreme and the day to night temperature inversion was ideal. July was a bit hot, dry leading to a slightly earlier harvest in Lovall Valley.
The First Pick
We harvested the sun-kissed clusters from the southern end of the vineyard on the morning of September 17th. The acidity was amazingly high for the ripe flavors of honeydew and apricot we tasted in the fruit. The pressed juice was fermented in stainless steel tank and part in Orion French oak barrels, both new and once used. We then aged some of the wine in new and once used barrels.
The Second Pick
The northern portion of the vineyard was allowed to further ripen for an additional 12 days giving the second pick a bit more peach and mango flavors along with our persistent clone 3 lemongrass. The lot was fermented partially in new French oak, in once used French oak and a small portion was aged in concrete egg, our first use of this great tool.
The Final Blend
We were fortunate to have all of both lots make it into the final blend that is a bit reminiscent of our 2008 and 2009 vintages. The nose jumps out of the glass with aromas of apricot, nectarine, peach, lemongrass, grapefruit, honeydew melon, toasted pine nuts and hyacinth. The mouth-feel of the wine is explosive yet quite crisp, featuring the amazing mouthwatering cornucopia of fruit in the wine. That crispness drives flavors of spring flowers, hyacinth, grapefruit, kaffir lime and cardamom. The beauty of this wine is the amazing aromatics, power of fruit mixed with exotic flavors, bright acidity and a truly astonishingly long finish that lingers and lingers!
- Vintage 2012
- Varietal 100% Grieve Family sauvignon blanc
- Vineyard Grieve Family Vineyard (Lovall Valley)
- Alcohol 14.4%
- TA 6.9 grams per liter
- pH 3.23
- Residual Sugar Bone Dry
- Case Production
923 750mL cases
15 1.5L cases