Exquisitely fresh, spellbinding seams of tangy grapefruit twist and squeeze through pristine grassy tones. Herbaceous shades inspire and elevate, whilst a cool, flinty contour arcs through greener lilts. Compelling and luxuriant yet showing perfectly judged restraint and synthesis between vital fruit and arresting acidity. Sonorous.
Vidal, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2015
Vidal Estate’s legacy began in 1905 when pioneer Spanish winemaker, Anthony Joseph Vidal, chanced upon the stony ground of a small property in Hastings. With its alluvial soil and dry climate, it naturally offered him growing conditions similar to Spain and he worked tirelessly to develop the estate and promote the taste of Europe in the New World.
Today the team at Vidal continue to make lauded wine that honours the European style established by their founder and this regional winner marks their fifth Decanter award. Guided by a desire to produce fragrant, concentrated, textured wines within a restrained framework, Vidal strive to add as little as possible and take nothing away.
This is achieved through a deep understanding of their vineyards and climate. Marlborough is home to markedly refined Sauvignon Blancs boasting depth and complexity balanced by freshness and pristine fruit. Daytime warmth ensures richness, cool nights preserve acidity and naturally high levels of the key flavour compounds guarantee that distinctive tropical, herbal, grassy profile. In addition, Vidal work with fairly low soil fertility and ‘green harvesting’.
Each parcel is picked, fermented and aged as distinct batches, preserving the potential for soil, climate and seasonal detail to come through in the finished product. The 2015 growing season in Marlborough was near perfect, combining ideal climatic conditions with naturally low yields.
Timely picking to capture flavours and acidity in the early phase of ripeness enabled Vidal to ensure restraint and freshness in this award winning Wairau Valley Sauvignon which delivers superb concentration of flavour and a little something extra.
The classic herbal notes have been kept in the background as winemaker [insert name] explains, “we love the pristine fruit profile and typical freshness but at Vidal we also love complexity; complexity adds interest. It isn’t added; we are just keeping it in”.