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2017 Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

2017 was another exceptional vintage for the Mangan Vineyard.
Sauvignon Blanc did especially well and we had a great end of the season delivering very high quality fruit.
Quantity was good too after 3 small vintages in a row. The wines display great purity of fruit and will age beautifully.
This wine has seen no oak to capture the essence of the Mangan Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc.

Vintage Notes

It was a surprise and joy beyond our expectations to experience the 2017 harvest. I think it’s fair to say that it was challenging in both the vineyard and winery, however such conditions have delivered great rewards! Spanning three months, harvest commenced with Cullen Chardonnay on the 8th February, a Moon Opposite Saturn flower day. The last harvests being the Mangan Vineyard Malbec and Petit Verdot, the dates coinciding with the full moon and flower days on the 11th and 12th of April.

It was a classic, traditional wet winter, followed by slightly cooler than average spring and summer temperatures. This allowed for excellent canopy growth, good slow accumulation of flavour and ripeness in the fruit, maintaining well composed acidity, resulting in brilliantly balanced fruit, naturally.  Excellent yields across all varieties were equally matched to quality. We were hoping for better quantities of grapes with quality to match and after three years of tiny yields we finally had the quantities we were hoping for.

The 2016-17 growing season, had above average rainfall for the calendar year, 1070mm, up 17% on average, and slightly cooler, below average temperatures for the spring and summer of the 2017 vintage.

Bud-burst dates were on par, however cold and stormy weather in October contributed to a slow start. Fine conditions in November, with below average rainfall and above average temperatures, allowed the growing season to really get going, veraison only slightly delayed.

Above average rainfall for the month of March 2017, with rain falling on over 30% of the days for the month made harvest decisions tricky. However, below average rainfall and fine weather for the month of April supplied a nice finish for the 2017 vintage. We had three moon opposite Saturn events (one each month). I would say that it was a great vintage for all varieties but in particular chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon.

2017 was a vintage of great quality and quantity.


Winemaker Notes

Vineyard:100% Mangan Vineyard

Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Harvest: 25th March 2017

Oak: Nil

Alcohol: 12.8%

Tasting Notes

Cellar: Enjoy now or for up to 5 years Bouquet: Complex aromas of asparagus, green apple and gooseberry Food: Green asparagus with Goat cheese Palate: The palate has plenty of drive and displays intense notes of green mango, gooseberry. The finish is lifted by a terrific citrus and lime acidity.

Previous Releases

  • 2016 Cullen Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

    As usual, this blend contains a greater volume of Sauvignon Blanc than Semillon, which reflects the outstanding qualities of the fruit produced by the former variety on the Cullen Vineyard. We picked at optimal ripeness with harvest conditions quite similar to 2015 resulting in elegant wines and displaying beautiful fruit purity.

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