Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Country: New Zealand
Soil: Silt and gravel over clay
Vinification: The grapes were thinned to one bunch per shoot to increase concentration and flavour. All leaves were removed. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. 60% went directly into 8 year old hogshead barrels, while 40% went into a concrete egg tank, both for wild fermentation. Unfined with a light filtration prior to bottling.
Ageing/Maturation: The wine was then aged on full yeast lees for 10 months in these vessels, with a small portion going through malo-lactic fermentation
Cellar Potential: 2016-2021
Sweetness: 2.8 g/L
Two Rivers Altitude Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Aromas of lemon balm, grapefruit pith and tea tree, combine with dried herbs on the nose. The palate has granular texture with excellent concentration, balanced with juicy citrus notes, wet stone and chalky flavours and crystalline acidity. Extended lees ageing adds breadth, providing complexity and elegance.
Established in 2004, Two Rivers of Marlborough takes its name from the iconic rivers that feed the wine growing heart of Marlborough’s renowned Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
It was in the Awatere valley, overlooking the braided river, that founder and winemaker David Clouston spent his childhood. He now lives in the Wairau valley, where he has made his home and his mark on the wine industry.
Two Rivers of Marlborough’s mission is to select the finest parcels of fruit from the banks of both the Wairau and Awatere rivers to craft wines with traditional winemaking techniques. They aim for the wines to express the different microclimates of these two rivers and capture the intense flavours for which Marlborough is famous.