Auntsfield

Auntsfield is the Marlborough's first and oldest winery and vineyard. This winery boasts a proud history dating back 165 years. Auntsfield Estate is nestled in the lower slopes of the southern hills of Marlborough's Wairau Valley and covers 100 hectares, planted to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard planting has taken full advantage of the diverse soils and meso-climates by separating the land into numerous distinctive blocks or micro-vineyards. Each of these blocks has been planted with a carefully selected clone for each variety. Proprietors Luc and Ben Cowley are now in charge of viticulture and winemaking respectively. Already winners of numerous awards, Aunstfield is establishing an international reputaion for producing outstanding wines.
 

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Their Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Auntsfield Estate aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc. The style is aimed towards texture, complexity and length, balancing the typical Marlborough fruit spectrum and aromatics with richness and mouth feel.

 

Cool fermentation with cultured yeast in stainless steel tanks was utilised to retain the fresh varietal aromatics. This was balanced by a portion of the fruit subjected to traditional winemaking practices; handpicked, whole bunch pressed and fermented in seasoned oak barrels, adding texture and length to the wine. The result is a hand crafted wine combining the bright fresh fruit characters with an underlying minerality and fine structure.

 

Alc. 13.0%
pH 3.25
TA 7.1 g/l

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Price: (12 packs) Fl $160.00, 2cs $152.00, 3cs $144.00
 
Pinot Noir

Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality – qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Auntsfield grows the grapes and make this wine with particular care and attention. The resulting wines are distinctive for their lifted aromatics, silky mouth feel and the powerful expression of pure fruit, ripe tannin and balanced oak.

 

This wine was made with a minimalist philosophy, designed to enable the characteristics of the grapes and the vineyard to be revealed. The fruit was hand-harvested, hand-sorted, gently destemmed and gravity-fed to tank. Fermented with a combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts, careful hand plunging was utilised to gently extract flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French oak barriques for approximately 10 months. The 2013 season was characterised by naturally low yields and warm settled weather with very little rainfall. Autumn produced cool and settled conditions which were some of the best seen in many years. This ripened small berried Pinot Noir with near perfect small to medium sized bunches.

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Price: (12 pack) Fl $280
 
Cob Cottage Chardonnay

This small 2 hectare block is situated at the very southern elevated corner of the vineyard next to some old Oak trees. It has a unique free draining soil made up of crushed Greywacke rock that has fallen from the steep hill behind.

 

The fruit is hand-picked into small baskets. At the winery it is hand sorted then gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak). After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months. Regular lees stirring added greater pallet weight and richness which balances the structure and complexity of this wine.

 

This small block of vines is situated on a steep north facing hillside at Auntsfield Estate. The soil here is made up of very dense Loess Clay with a high mineral content. The vines are old and slow growing leading to a low cropping level of 2kg per vine. The resulting fruit is always very clean with an unusual warm hue of colour at harvest. The bunches contain lots of very small perfectly formed berries and a high skin to pulp ratio.

 

Alc. 14.0%
pH 3.18
TA 6.9 g/l

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Price: (6 packs) Fl $220
 
Road Ridge Pinot Noir

This Pinot Noir is a beautifully balanced wine with stunning length and complexity. Our Single Block wines display qualities distinctive to grapes grown within a small defined area at Auntsfield Estate. Consistent quality and character over many vintages has separated these single blocks out as producing our Reserve wines. The Road Ridge block is a small 3 hectare block situated next to an old ridge line that runs through Auntsfield Estate. This unique feature has helped form a deep and very dense layer of wind-blown clay on its Western side where we have planted a single clone of Pinot Noir.

 

The fruit was hand-picked into small baskets then carefully and diligently hand sorted to ensure that no less than perfect fruit entered the winery. This fruit was then gently destemmed and moved to tank by gravity. A combination of indigenous and cultured yeasts was nurtured through fermentation in open topped tanks. Careful use of hand plunging was used to gently extract the flavours and tannins from the skins. Maturation occurred in French barriques for approximately 10 months.

 

Vigour and fertility in this block is very low resulting from the dense Loess Clay and the lack of top soil. As a result these 777 clone vines are slow growing but very even in growth habit. The cropping level is reduced to 2 kg per vine to maintain balance and results in fruit that looks vibrant, clean and expressive at harvest.

 

Analysis Alc. 14.0%
pH 3.59
TA 4.9 g/l

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Price: (6 packs) Fl $260
 
South Oaks Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc

Auntsfield aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, it is defined by a riper flavor spectrum and textural palate (both derived from the rich clay soils of the vineyard) with an underlying minerality. This barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc is only made in small quantities from the South Oaks block. The gently sloping block produces distinctive fruit each year. The fruit is hand-picked and gently whole bunch pressed, and the juice fermented in French oak barriques (20% new oak).

 

After fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels on yeast lees for 10 months. Further bottle aging allows the integration of the tight acid, chalky mineral structure and generous palate weight; revealing a wine with richness, depth and complexity.

 

Region: Southern Valleys
Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2010
Vineyard: Auntsfield Estate - South Oaks Block
Vine Age: 18 years old
Yield: 2.3 tons per acre
Soil Type: Loess & Clay over old Greywacke Rock
Oak: 10 months in French barrique (20% new)
Production: 120 cases

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Price: (6 packs) FL $180.00 2cs $168.00