Wildsong Organic Sauvignon Blanc
PRODUCER: On our search for new organic wines, we were super excited to meet Rod McDonald and even more excited when he told us all about his Estate in Hawkes Bay, Te Awanga. Rod spent nine years as winemaker at Vidal Estate in Hawke’s Bay and was awarded New Zealand Winemaker of the Year in 2006. He left later that year with a few ideas about what Hawke’s Bay wines could be like, where the great wines would come from, and started Rod McDonald Wines to prove it.
WINEMAKING: Te Awanga is a special piece of dirt! Vines were planted 25 years ago in one of Hawke’s Bay’s oldest winegrowing areas by a group of friends who dreamed of making the region’s greatest wines. The grapes were gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel and older French oak barriques to maximise fruit intensity and texture. Four to eight months on yeast lees helped create a rich palate and complexity.
TASTING NOTE: This highly enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc is filled with nectarine, grapefruit and rockmelon characters with an elegant lime zest lift. The palate is generous and flavoursome with excellent fruit intensity, beautifully structured by juicy acidity. It is long and attractive on the finish.