Highfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2012 (12 x 750mL), Marlborough, NZ.

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Overview

Fruit is sourced from a mixture of vineyards located in the Wairau, Omaka and Brancott valleys. Grapes are harvested in the cool of the early morning over a range of 21 – 23 brix. Free run juice is cold settled over 48 – 96 hours before being racked to stainless steel tanks for fermentation with selected yeast strains. A small percentage takes place in old French oak barrels. The wine is then aged on light lees post fermentation for a period of around 4 months to gain palate weight and texture.

Region:
NZ - Marlborough
State:
Imported
Country:
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

Light floral and passionfruit aromas. Floating and fresh. Frisky. Good intensity of flavour, not overly complex but an even flow of tightly wound tropical fruit character and crisp, limey acidity. Very refreshing, holds good definition. Urgent. Rating 90 - Drink to 2017 Mike Bennie, Wine Front NZ (OCT/2013)

Winery Tasting Notes

Colour

Pale straw.

Aroma

Bursting with tropical aromas of passionfruit and nectarine. Also displaying hits of nettle, tomato leaf, broom and herbal notes.

Palate

A luscious palate showing an abundance of grapefruit, peach and fresh minerality. Well balanced with crisp acidity and a delightfully long finish.

Cellaring Potential

Best on release and will develop nicely in 2014.

Food Suggestions

Well suited to shellfish and Mediterranean dishes.

Vintage
2012
Region
NZ - Marlborough
Grape Style
Sauvignon Blanc
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
12.5%

Winery Profile

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The name Highfield originates from the Walsh family, who hailed from Ireland. They purchased their 365-acre Marlborough farm in 1935 and named it Highfield after an area near Galway Bay in their homeland.

On Highfield farm the Walsh family grew crops, grazed stock and bred horses, eventually handing over the reins to their son Bill and his wife Barbara. Bill was of an entrepreneurial nature, always ready to consider a new venture, and in the mid ‘70’s when he heard that a major New Zealand wine company was considering planting grapes in Marlborough he decided to try his hand.

Bill’s first planting was 2 ½ acres of Muller Thurgau, a medium sweet German grape variety that produced wine meant for drinking young. Before long Highfield’s plantings increased. Quite by accident, Bill and another local grape grower discovered some “rogue” grapes amongst the Muller Thurgau vines in the vineyard. Unsure as to just exactly what these infiltrators were, they took cuttings. The plants that subsequently grew proved to be none other than Sauvignon Blanc. The quality of the wine produced from these grapes encouraged the Walsh family to make and market wine under their own label.

In 1990 the long-awaited opening of the Highfield winery took place and things took off. Soon after though, Bill decided to pursue a quieter life and began to look for a safe pair of hands to pass the winery on to.

He ended up finding two pairs of hands in a Japanese fire fighting industrialist, Shin Yokoi and a Bristol business man, Tom Tenuwera. A wine aficionado, Tom had always been entranced by the spectacular beauty of New Zealand and the warmth of its people. It was a sentiment shared by his old friend Shin, along with a particular interest in the ‘Champagne Trinity” of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. In 1991 Shin and Tom signed a purchase agreement for Highfield.

Shin’s company was Champagne Drappier’s sole agent in Japan, and it was not long before he invited Michel Drappier, scion of the House of Drappier, to help guide Highfield’s Méthode Champenoise, Elstree Cuvée Brut. The first Elstree made in 1993 won a gold medal at the National Wine Show of Australia in 1996. Success followed success with ensuing years earning gold medals and awards for the Elstree, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

From the outset, Shin and Tom have had high aspirations for Highfield, establishing Elstree Cuvée Brut as their flagship wine. Wine writer Bob Campbell MW recently commented, “Highfield’s Elstree Cuvée Brut is impressive with a Champagne-like finesse and power”.

Today talented Kiwi winemaker, Alistair Soper, crafts Highfield’s classic Marlborough wines with a commitment to consistency of quality and style. He traditionally makes a small and focused range of wines: Elstree Cuvée Brut, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.

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