Sauvignon Blanc Skin-Fermented 2019
A Wine That
is the polar opposite of what the world has come to know New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to be. Instead of the classic 'grassy passionfruit notes,' here you have the wild side of NZ; hikes and the Pacific Ocean in a bottle. Are you an ocean baby like us? Then you'll love this wine.
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- Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
Where and How?
This comes from two organically farmed sites in the Waipara Valley.
The grapes are destemmed and the juice ferments naturally on the skins for six weeks (very gentle maceration - for phenolics and texture but not too much extraction). 20% is fermented with whole bunches, and the two portions are blended when the fruit is pressed after maceration. Bottled as soon as malolactic has happened to preserve freshness, and without any sulphites added, unfined and unfiltered.
The Winemaker: The Hermit Ram
The more winemakers we meet, the more we understand that the greatest winemakers are also the most humble. That’s definitely the case when it comes to Theo Coles of the Hermit Ram. When we chat with him, it’s clear his enthusiasm for his craft grows on a daily basis, but so does his way of thinking - with experience, he becomes more open-minded, not less.
It’s arguably this mindset that has brought him to where he is today; creating some of the most thrilling and exciting wines that New Zealand has to offer.
But why - and how - are they so great? You might ask. It’s due to their rawness and transparency that these wines are able to communicate their place. In a sea of New Zealand wines that often taste the same, these stand completely apart. They’re unique, and they’re not afraid to be unique.