Moderate yields, super dry weather and an amazing Indian Summer during harvest (albeit all carried out under level 4 lockdown during the Covid 19 pandemic) made for a happy winemaking team and some outstanding flavour in our Sauvignon Blanc fruit. With vigilant and timely picking decisions we were able to ensure our principles of high quality and capture those enticing Marlborough flavours that create Mount Riley’s classic and highly sought-after Estate Sauvignon Blanc.
Our 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from multiple vineyard sites throughout Marlborough, with a portion from the Awatere Valley and the balance from the Wairau Valley. Grapes were crushed and de-stemmed prior to pressing and fermentation was induced by the introduction of carefully selected yeast strains. We fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to preserve the lifted aromatics in this wine.