2016 Whitehaven Featherweight Lower in Alcohol
Colour / Appearance: Pale straw, with a green hue.
Aroma / Bouquet:Lifted jasmine floral notes, red apple, lemon zest and freshly cut peach.
Palate: A light-bodied wine with a fresh, crisp acidity some spritz, and lively aromatic fruit flavours. These flavours persist on the lengthy finish.
Cellaring: We recommend drinking our 2016 Featherweight while it is young and fresh, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next 1 to 2 years if carefully cellared.
Food Match: Barbecued shrimp or mussels, green summer salads, and steamed seafood.
Serve: Lightly chilled.
Harvest Date: 16th and 20th March 2016
Vine Management: The vines were pruned three and four canes on a vertical shoot positioning trellis. Balanced pruning, shoot thinning, tucking and trimming are used to achieve an open, healthy canopy and clean fruit.
Winemaking: The fruit was machine-harvested in cool early morning conditions, and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at very low temperatures with selected yeast strains to preserve the fresh fruit flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel. The ferment was stopped with some residual sugar to balance the higher acidity.
Winemaker: Sam Smail
- 2016 Air New Zealand Wine Awards: Bronze
'Delightfully refreshing, the lifted bouquet shows passionfruit, feijoa and lime zest characters with subtle poached pear and stone fruit notes. The palate is lively and vibrant, offering excellent fruit purity together with fine texture and bright acidity, leading to a lengthy crisp finish. Low in alcohol (9.5%), yet delivers plenty of appealing flavours.' Sam Kim