Kono Sauvignon Blanc
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PRODUCER: Kono is the company name. A Māori food and drinks producer with a global focus. Their 'K' icon speaks of who they are, their rich legacy steeped in a culture that nourishes their land and people in sustainable ways. At Kono, they have embarked on a journey of deep introspection to determine what being a good kaitiaki really means to them. Guided by Te Pae Tawhiti – a 500 year plan for success. A compass that ensures they do what is right for people and place, and that manifests itself through ambitious intergenerational outcomes, core to which is their environment. To prosper, their environment must be well and healthy, full of life and vitality.
VITICULTURE: Grapes for this wine are grown on a range of both Kono owned sites and vineyards from dedicated growers located throughout the main viticultural areas of Marlborough. The Waihopai, Awatere, and Rapaura sub-regions are all represented in this blend, bringing a unique flavour profile to the finished wine. The 2019/2020 growing season started with warm temperatures and above average rainfall leading to early flowering and a good fruit set. Temperatures over the summer were above average, with minimal rain falling from mid-December until well after harvest. March provided ideal harvest conditions with warm sunny days and cool clear nights allowing the grapes to develop to full physiological ripeness while still retaining crisp acidity in true Marlborough style.
WINEMAKING: Machine harvested grapes are transported to our winery located in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. Once at the winery the grapes are pressed in modern membrane presses, with both the free-run and harder pressings combined in stainless steel tanks then chilled and settled until clear. The juice is then racked and warmed before being inoculated with selected yeast cultures. The ferments are controlled through temperature manipulation and stopped with just a very small amount of residual sweetness. Blending occurs in early June, after which the resulting wine is stabilised and filtered without the need for fining, ready for bottling in early July.
TASTING NOTE: This pure and bright Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a vibrant fruit-driven nose bursting with citrus fruits and herbaceous characters. On the palate luscious flavours of lemon zest and guava combine with notes of currant leaf and fresh bell pepper. Finely balanced with zesty acidity, underlying minerality and just a hint of residual sweetness this crisp and fresh wine leads to a perfectly long, dry, and persistent finish.