2018 Pizzini Sauvignon Blanc
Varietal percentage: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Picked: 3 March 2018
Area harvested: 2ha
Average brix: 21
The 2018 growing season provided many challenges including some extreme weather events such as rain, humidity, windstorms and heatwaves. The King Valley had 80mm of rain in November providing some deep watering for the vines, which held them in good stead with the extreme temperatures encountered throughout December and January. Throughout February the King Valley had some classical ripening conditions with high 20 to low 30 degree-days followed by the beautiful cool nights and the cooling King Valley breeze that runs through our vineyards. Yields will be average this year, which bears well for some top quality grapes and some intense, flavoursome wines.
The fruit for this wine is sourced from one of the most renowned sauvignon blanc producers in the King Valley. This vineyard in Myrrhee has its own unique micro-climate that is cool and very suited to producing great sauvignon blanc.
In the vineyard the vines are pruned in a way to maximise shade for the fruit and lower temperatures, to help intensify the traditional varietal characteristics found in sauvignon blanc. In the press, the juice and skins remained in contact for twelve hours to increase the aromatic and flavour profile of both the nose and palate. The juice is then fermented in stainless steel at fourteen degrees for two weeks.
Fermentation vessel: Stainless steel
Fining agent: skim milk and issinglass
Type and percentage of oak: nil
The wine has a straw colour with a green hue. The nose is fresh, vibrant and typical of Sauvignon Blanc, with herbaceous tones, green beans, spices and sherbet aromas. The palate is zingy, fresh, vibrant and very drinkable. Pair with a sunset, a bucket of prawns on ice and friends!
Alcohol: 12.3% Alc/Vol
Bottled: April 2018
Released: September 2018