In 1985, Peter Vavasour identified the Awatere Valley as the new frontier for New Zealand winegrowing and planted the first grapes there in 1986. The climate here is noteworthy for its wide diurnal temperature swings. Rainfall ranges from 279-406 millimeters (11-16 inches) a year, arid by any measurement.
Named after Peter’s daughter, Claudia’s Vineyard was planted in 2002 at a select site within our “Favourite” vineyard. The coarse alluvium soils here are comprised of stones and pebbles mixed with clay and loam, and are known for contributing minerality, fruit concentration and longevity to our Sauvignon Blanc.
- NZ - Marlborough
- New Zealand
Winery Tasting Notes
This special bottling of Sauvignon Blanc showcases the very best of our estate and is made only in years when fruit is of exceptional quality. Careful canopy and yield management, including leaf plucking and shoot thinning, ensure great concentration and character. Grapes are whole-bunch pressed for gentle extraction and fermented with indigenous yeast in seasoned oak barriques. Partial malolactic fermentation balances out acidity and adds weight to the palate. Aging for 14 months in barrel provides additional aromatics, flavours and structure.
Our Single-Vineyard wines are pure expressions of their variety and true reflections of the terroir of our estate vineyards. The 2011 Claudia’s Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is rich and tropical, with flavours of ripe citrus and stone fruits balanced by a crisp minerality.
Bottled in September 2012. Aging Potential of 1 to 8 years