19 Home Block Sauvignon Blanc
To celebrate 40 years since our Home Block was first planted we have decided to release our first ever icon Sauvignon Blanc. Hunter’s Sauvignon Blanc Home Block 2019 is showcasing the true reflection of complex characters from a single vineyard that are grown close to the winery, owned by Jane Hunter in the heart of Marlborough.
The wine shows fresh grapefruit, lime and passionfruit notes. Multi-layered palate of floral and tropical fruit is well supported by the acidity to give this wine a smooth and elegant finish to enjoy. This is an ideal food wine with persistent flavours and great structure.
Harvest Date: March 2019
Total Acidity: 7.6g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.75g/L
Bottling Date: Nov 2019
Our vinification is aimed at retaining the maximum possible fruit aromas and flavours as seen in the vineyard. To do this we use protective anaerobic techniques with minimal handling. The grapes were hand harvested in the cool of the morning, whole bunches where loaded in the press and only the free run juice was sent to stainless steel tanks. We fermented at low temperatures with neutral yeast. After fermentation, the wine is racked and cold stabilised before bottling.
5 Stars - Winestate Recent Releases (June 2020) - "Hunter’s new ‘icon’ sauvignon blanc was hand-picked from mature, low-cropped vines (6 tonnes per hectare) and partly (10%) fermented in seasoned French oak puncheons. Medium to full-bodied, it is intense, crisp and dry, with punchy, ripe passionfruit/lime flavours, vague toasty notes, firm acid spine and a long finish. Full of youthful vigour, it’s well worth cellaring to mid-2021+."
91 Points - Cameron Douglas (March 2020) - "Explosive aromas of sweet hay and herbs, citrus peel and grapefruit, white peach and moments of tropical fruits. Steely, forward, classic. On the palate - tense, crisp, refreshing and fruity. Flavours repeat what the nose suggested with herb and grass then citrus, a touch of stone fruit and tropical. Light-weight with an abundance of acidity, balanced, refreshing and well made. Drink now and through 2023."
BRONZE - Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2020
5 Stars - Yvonne Lorkin (Feb 2020) - "They might be one of Marlborough (nay, New Zealand’s) oldest and most successful wine companies, but it’s taken them until now to declare an ‘icon’ release sauvignon blanc. Their young winemaker, James Macdonald has been fizzing at the bung to test what’s possible with sauvignon blanc, whilst retaining the ‘Marlboroughness’ of the style. Well folks, I do believe, with the Home Block, he’s cracked it. 25-year-old vines were cropped 6tonnes to the hectare (less than half of the strictly-enforced limit to be given ‘Appellation Marlborough’ accreditation) then handpicked and whole-bunch pressed. 10% of the juice was fermented in older, seasoned French Oak puncheons and the rest fermented in tank on full solids (that’s all the natural, fibrous, fleshy stuff present in the juice) before it was all aged for 5 months on its yeast lees. This is all a lead up to letting you know that this is one hell of a sauvignon blanc and quite frankly, my favourite thing to sip this week. No. Wait. This month. Crisp, juicy, lemon-laced and heaving with white nectarine, crushed basil and passionfruit punchiness, it’s a ripe, superbly structured sauvignon with real complexity and personality and length of flavour. Delicious!”