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17 Kaho Roa™ Sauvignon Blanc





Technical notes

Continuing with the tradition of fermenting in older oak barrels, the fresh vibrant characters of the Sauvignon Blanc integrate with the French oak beautifully to produce white peach and lime aromas with hints of passionfruit and a grassy edge.

The palette is rich and full of body but balanced with the classic Marlborough acidity that we have all come to know and love. Subtler oak notes present themselves here along with the riper fruit flavour to give the wine interest and complexity. A great food wine, the 2017 vintage will continue to develop in character for many years to come.

“Kaho Roa” translates to “oak aged” in Maori, New Zealand’s native language.

Technical notes

Harvest Date April 2017
Alcohol 13.0%
Total Acidity 7.3 g/l
Residual Sugar 2.42 g/l
Bottling Date 16 Dec 2017


94 POINTS / 5 Stars – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 2018

91 POINTS – Bob Campbell

“Made from a selection of the ripest sauvignon grapes, which are then barrel fermented and aged for six months in aged French oak barrels.  A rich and textural wine with nutty oak, root ginger, toast, brioche, citrus and capsicum flavours, with a suggestion of tropical fruit.”

4 ½ STARS – Yvonne Lorkin

“Sourced from the clay-rich soils of their Omaka vineyard, the fruit for the sauvignon was crushed and the cloudy, high-solids juice poured directly into old French oak puncheons for a wild yeast (spontaneous) fermentation.  The wine was then aged on its lees for six months before bottling, which injects a creamy-softness to the tight herbaceous lines, smoke and struck match notes.  Lemongrass, grilled capsicum and peapod characters make this so much more than just a sauvignon.  Love it.”

17 Kaho Roa™ Sauvignon Blanc