Gravestone Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2013
HARVEST DATE: 01/03/13 – 20/03/13
BRIX @ HARVEST: 22-25
BARREL: 20% puncheon (Sauvignon Blanc) 100% puncheon (Sémillon)
REGION: Waiheke Island
VINEYARDS: Sidewinder, Root Rake, Nth Basin, Beast, Lone Kauri, South 3, GLW
As always the fruit was hand harvested and in 2013 in excellent condition. We harvest the Sauvignon blanc based on the acidity and generally find very exotic fruit characters. Sémillon we get as ripe as possible looking for very ripe and golden bunches. The Sémillon and a portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was fermented separately in oak puncheons as clear juice and cultured yeast and the remainder Sauvignon Blanc in tank as cloudy juice and wild yeast.
Classic Sémillon characters of chalk dust and fresh herbs with complex fennel bulb characters from the wild Sauvignon. The palate is focused and structured with tense acidity and ripe fruit tannins giving persistence and clarity.
Taking it’s name from the fluted basalt boulders that solemnly surround our volcanic hilltop vineyards, Gravestone is bequeathed upon the finest blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon we are blessed with each vintage.