te Pa's newly released 2018 Sauvignon Blanc has won gold at the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
The San Francisco International Wine Competition is one of the best-known wine contests in the world, and now in its 38th year, shows no sign of slowing down in force or reputation.
That is why te Pa Family Vineyards is particularly proud that its estate-grown 2018 vintage te Pa Sauvignon Blanc has been awarded a gold medal at the show, adding to a growing list of accolades in the few short months since it has been released.
About the wine:
The 2018 te Pa Sauvignon Blanc delivers aromatics of citrus, stone fruit, florals and nettles. The palate is concentrated and vibrant, with gooseberry, tarragon, black current and nectarine flavours. This wine possesses lovely mid-palate weight and texture, with a refreshingly crisp finish supported by some intriguing mineral and flint notes.
The fruit from the MacDonald Home Vineyard came from the Seaside Blocks which are compositionally higher in sand and shingle and have less organic matter. These blocks tend to give passionfruit and tropical flavourswith nice bright acids. The naturally low vigour, low yielding Redwood Hills vineyard in the Awatere Valley produces wines with strong textural and mineral elements. This cooler site results in wines which exhibit concentration, fresh acidity and great length.
The fruit for this wine was harvested from the best block from each of our two main Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. These blocks were selected for their great fruit expression as well as low cropping, and early ripening characteristics. The blocks were fermented separately, mostly in stainless steel tanks, before blending and then aging on light lees. 10% of the blend was handpicked, and whole bunch pressed directly to barrel, to ferment in 320 L French cigar-shaped barrels.