Rod Easthope Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Vintage

% Would Buy It Again

2017

93% of 933

2016

95% of 1,069

2014

96% of 1,315

2013

94% of 1,176

Pure, aromatic NZ goodness!

    • This wine is crafted at a core vineyard called Esprit which sits at 185m elevation on a limestone slope, a truly unique vineyard in Hawke's Bay context. The growing conditions there have given a crisp lemongrass and mineral note to the wine. If that's not enticing enough, the Skeetfield vineyard fruit component adds scrumptious passionfruit and lemongrass layers.
    • Rod's winemaking approach is very neutral to allow the quality fruit to shine. This means crushing and de-stemming at low temperatures, only employing neutral yeast, cool fermentation, and then around two months time melding and maturing on lees to build texture. All this TLC means the flavours just keep on coming in prolonged waves long after each sip!
    • The Naked Model means that Rod can cut out the middlemen and ensure the most direct route from the grower to you, the Angel who made it happen. This means he can pay the grower well for the best fruit...therefore more bang for your buck! The proof is in the pudding...this gorgeous Savvy sells out every year. If you are in to pure unwooded aromatic white wines, then look no further and get this in your basket today.

Ageing advice
Drink now or over the next two years. It doesn't require any ageing to be at it's best.

Serving advice
Let gravity take its course! If the wine is a little reticent on first opening then a little swirl should liberate the flavours. Start well chilled and then allow to warm a little in the glass to let the flavours unfold.

Local food match
Rock oysters! au naturel.

Map of the Vineyard