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Awarded a Gold medal and 95 points at the 2019 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details)
For other 2019 DWWA winners, click here.
Also awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter in their July 2019 panel tasting of Oaked New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs (see blue link below).
te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke 2017 - July 2019 Decanter review
And if you missed it in arriving here, here's our review of that Decanter panel test and the wines that scored well.
Based in the Marlborough Region, te Pā has a history stemming back almost 800 years. Set up by the MacDonald family whose Maori lineage goes back to 1350, the te Pā estate spreads over 400 hectares of vineyards in Marlborough’s Wairau and Awatere regions.
Nestled between the Wairau River and the azure waters of the Cook Strait, te Pā’s home block vineyard at the Wairau Bar is as majestic as it is productive. Thanks to a unique microclimate, the fruit parcels from this vineyard have a soft acidity, pungent aromatics, and complex, ripe flavour profiles.
te Pā Family Vineyards grow Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and their wines have won international acclaim under the expert supervision of Chief Winemaker Sam Bennett. Sam’s international experience has been in the cool climate regions of Tasmania, Oregon and Burgundy. He’s honed his Kiwi winemaking skills at wineries including Craggy Range in Hawke’s Bay and Marisco and Highfield in Marlborough. These roles have seen Sam work with great fruit from a diverse range of regions stretching from Hawke’s Bay to Martinborough, Marlborough, Nelson and Central Otago.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from select blocks in the lower Wairau Valley. These block have been historically the most intensely flavoured and balanced in the vineyard. Careful canopy and yield management was used to accentuate these positive characteristics. The fruit was hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed to give some beautiful pristine juice to work with. This was dropped to a mix of new and older French barrels without settling and left to allow the indigenous yeast to start the ferments. A selection of the best barrels occurred in October, when the wine was blended and then dropped back to barrel for another 2 months to allow the different components to integrate and evolve.
For more detail, see the blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the team at te Pā.
Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke 2017 - fiche technique
100% Sauvignon Blanc.
The high quality of the fruit, combined with the gentle and respectful approach in the winery has resulted in a wine with an intriguing combination of poise and elegance, balanced by an intense and complex flavour profile. Aromatically the wine gives impressions of grapefruit, citrus blossom, ripe stonefruit and flint. The palate is weighty with stonefruit and citrus pith to the fore. The fruit is supported by spice and toasted nuts, a hint of toffee and refreshing acidity.