TerraVin’s 2013 Te Ahu Sauvignon Blanc is aged.
‘Te Ahu’ is a Maori term that describes a new pathway, a new generation or beginning, reflecting the philosophy of this wine. Through very low yields, intensive vineyard management, hand harvesting, indigenous ferments and ageing in 500L French oak puncheons, Te Ahu fuses beautifully ripe Sauvignon characters with winemaking complexity to produce a truly individual wine. Made in limited quantities.
2013 was a moderate yielding vintage with a cool start leading to later than usual bud burst. A warm November and December lead to a very good flowering. This was backed up by a classic Marlborough summer with the expected diurnal variation. Bunch thinning to 1 bunch per shoot. Plenty of warmth delivered beautifully ripe grapes with a good natural balance of acid, pH and alcohol.
Hand harvested into 10kg bins
Harvested in 2 lots on 2nd and 16th April 2013
Brix 23.4 -22.6
6 tons per hectare