2021 Kōparepare Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
For every bottle of Kōparepare sold, we donate to LegaSea, nonprofit organisation dedicated to restoring the abundance, biodiversity and health of New Zealand’s marine environment.
Colour / Appearance: Light straw, with a green hue.
Aroma / Bouquet: A lifted nose of stonefruit and apple, underlined with grapefruit, nettle and gentle crushed herbs.
Palate: A zesty, medium-bodied wine with lovely fruit purity and juiciness. The citrus and nettle flavours are carried to long refreshing finish.
Food Match: Pair with sustainably sourced seafood.
Cellaring: We recommend drinking our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young and fresh, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next three to five years if carefully cellared.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Residual Sugar: 3 g/L
Acidity: 6.8 g/L
Harvest Dates: 17th – 26th March 2021
Climate: 2021 will be remembered as a season of two halves. The early part of the growing season was marked by two severe frost burn events, which affected much of the region to varying degrees. This was followed by variable cool and wet weather through flowering, resulting in fewer berries setting per bunch, further reducing crops after the frost damage. Post-Christmas however, we could not have asked for a better season. The weather remained warm, but not hot, and we had beautiful diurnal shift leading into harvest, retaining freshness and energy in the fruit, and providing the perfect conditions for flavour development.
Grape growing: Fruit for this wine was sourced predominantly (82%) from ‘The Narrows’ vineyard in the Upper Wairau Valley. Vines are pruned to between two and four canes on a vertical shoot positioned trellis. Shoot thinning, leaf plucking, trimming and crop thinning are used to achieve balanced vines and an open, healthy canopy and clean fruit.
Winemaking: The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at low temperatures with selected yeast strains, to preserve the inherent varietal flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel.
- "It's splendidly lifted on the nose showing green apple, nectarine and kiwifruit aromas, leading to a flavoursome palate offering bright fruit flavours with vibrant acidity, finishing long and mouth-watering. Classically expressed with punchy fruit flavours, making it highly enjoyable." 93/100 Points, Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, NZ