Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2012



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Winery/Brand: Richmond Plains


NOSE: Fresh herbaceous characters with gooseberry and capsicum notes.
PALATE: Delicious gooseberry, capsicum, passionfruit and lime / citrus flavours with a lovely background of mineral and nettle tones. Fresh, fruity & vibrant with good weight and length. A very versatile and popular wine that complements a wide variety of food styles especially seafood and ideal as an aperitif.



The Story

Richmond Plains produced New Zealand’s first Sauvignon Blanc from both certified organic and from biodynamic grapes. Sauvignon Blanc is ideally suited to the Nelson region where a combination of warm, sunny days and cool autumn nights, help to create the intense varietal flavours for which this flagship New Zealand wine is recognised. Richmond Plains is certified organic by BioGro New Zealand and biodynamic by Demeter.

VINTAGE: The old vines are on Scott Henry trellising whilst the new vines were trellised on vertical shoot position. A warm, dry autumn contributed produced good quality fruit and excellent flavours.

WINEMAKING: All fruit was crushed and de-stemmed before being cool fermented to preserve the vibrant, fresh Sauvignon characters.

Alcohol: 13.5 %

Acidity: 7.7

Residual Sugar: 3.2 g/l

“ Bright, full, even, pale straw-yellow colour. This has a soft, full nose of fruit aromatics in the cooler spectrum, showing gooseberries, nettles and fresh herbs, along with capsicums and white floral notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, cool fruit flavours of gooseberries, herbs and minerals are expressed with restraint, alongside lacy acidity. The mouthfeel is smooth and harmonious, but fresh with good brightness and energy. A little alcohol drive is noticeable, leading to a subtly flavoured, long finish with herbal and nettle-like nuances. This is a fine, smooth, cool-spectrum Sauvignon Blanc that will develop more flavour richness over the next 2 years. Match with salads and vegetables. “ **** Stars, Raymond Chan, Oct 2012

“ This is packed with ripe fruit flavours - passion fruit, feijoa, lime - together with the classic green capsicum notes. The palate is concentrated and vibrant with excellent intensity, finishing long and succulent. At its best: now to 2015. “ ***** Stars, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit Oct 2012

“ Full-bodied and dry with sweet-fruit characters and fresh, vibrant tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, racy and long. “ **** Stars, Michael Cooper

The Specs

RegionNelson, New Zealand
GrapesSauvignon Blanc
PackagingGlass Bottle