Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2015 | Memorable & Enjoyable – Sancerre like
Fresh herbaceous characters with gooseberry and capsicum notes. Delicious gooseberry, capsicum, passionfruit and lime/citrus flavors with a lovely background of mineral and nettle tones. Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2015 delivers fresh, fruity & vibrant with good weight and length. A very versatile and popular wine that complements a wide variety of food styles especially seafood and ideal as an aperitif.
The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2015 displays bright straw in color. While bigger and plusher than the more restrained 2014. And showing plush aromas of ripe citrus, pear, and passion fruit. Finely delineated, rich, and weighty. Also filled with a juicy mix of lemon-lime tart and baked apple. Despite the opulence of the vintage, still finishing with bracing Sancerre-like acidity. Drink now-2019.
Richmond Plains | Nelson New Zealand Region | Loire Valley Protocol
Sauvignon Blanc is ideally suited to the Nelson region where a combination of warm, sunny days and cool autumn nights, help to create the intense varietal flavors for which this flagship New Zealand wine is recognized.
The vines at Richmond Plains are fastidiously tended, trimmed back to just two shoots per plant and just three or four clusters per shoot, following strictest Loire Valley protocol. In the warm, dry growing season of 2015, where the diurnal temperature shift flirted with 40 degrees, the call to harvest came early. Once you eyeball the Richmond Plains vineyards, it doesn’t take long to realize why many call Gill’s Sauvignons “the Sancerre of the South Island.”
All picking was done by hand with clusters placed in small bins before being trucked to Gill’s winery. While treating the thick-skinned berries to a long and cool vinification. Yet pushing the envelope on extraction and phenolic complexity. In addition, retaining the stinging acidity for which best Nelson Sauvignons are now so well known.
Winemaker Steve Gill
Steve Gill’s tiny production, ultra-concentrated 2015 Sauvignon Blancs are among the finest of the last 20 years. The Richmond Plains Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is an absolute knockout. Brilliant green-straw to the rim, with mouthwatering aromas of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, Anjou pear, and passion fruit. Rich, plump, and weighty—infused with a slight hint of sweetness, the finish remains bracing and decidedly Sancerre-like.