2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Grapefruit, medium bodied, dry, wound-up bracing acidity, fresh.
Pungent lemon zest, beeswax, and fresh herbs.
Fresh fish or shellfish very simply prepared, goat cheese, or dishes seasoned with lots of fresh herbs.
All the grapes are from Hardscrabble, which is Linden’s estate vineyard. This is a young vineyard, planted in 2012. The vines are pruned “double Guyot,” and trained on standard VSP trellising at a density of 1,658 vines per acre. Soils are mostly granite with some greenstone. Slope is gradual and south facing.
The winter of 2014/15 was colder than average, but unlike the winter of 2013/14, there was no vine or bud damage. Bud break was slightly late. May was unusually dry and consequentially accelerated growth and flowering. Right around flowering June turned very wet, however pollination and berry set was successful, as temperatures remained warm. Wet spells continued into July and we were bracing ourselves for a possible negative impact on wine quality. The rains stopped in mid-July, but shoot growth continued into early August, which is later than ideal. With a very dry August, vine growth eventually stopped and vines were in fairly good balance going into harvest, but quite vigorous. Warm, dry weather accelerated ripening. Harvest was August 31, 2015.
The grapes were sorted and destemmed before pressing. The Sauvignon Blanc juice was fermented and aged in tank on lees. The Semillon was fermented and aged in old French oak barrels. 83% Sauvignon Blanc and 17% Semillon. Bottled May 2016. 156 cases produced. Drink upon release through 2018. Alcohol is 13.2%.