McBride Sisters Chardonnay 2016


Quince, ripe Granny Smith apple and notes of crisp Pear sit atop a nose loaded with complex fruit notes encompassing a variety of citrus - mandarin orange and tangerine. White flower and face-powder round out a nose that just hints at the presence of fine French oak while continuing to focus on intriguing fruit notes. In the mouth, the wine incredibly well balanced, filling the mouth with volume while finishing with an acidity that begs for another sip. Upon receipt, Chardonnay clusters were pressed lightly via bladder press directly to settling tank. 24 hours later, the juice is racked to tank or barrel where fermentation commences. For added depth and complexity, 50% of the wine was barrel fermented to create classic Chardonnay texture very subtle oak notes. To conserve fresh, crisp, fruit notes, the balance of the wine (50%) was fermented in stainless steel. To further develop the balance between appealing texture and crisp mouthfeel, only 75% of the wine was put though Malolactic fermentation. Following 8 months of aging, the wine is blended before being filtered and bottled.

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McBride Sisters Sauvignon Blanc 2016


This 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has a perfumed bouquet displaying aromatics of grapefruit, lime blossom, and nectarine. The palate displays nectarine, peach and citrus flavors, supported by some more tropical nuances of papaya, and guava. The Awatere fruit dominates the back of the palate with suggestions of lime, nettles and sage. The wine is generously textured with a refreshing vein of acidity. The fruit was harvested over a ten-day period starting on the 12th April. It was picked in the cool of the morning, transferred to the winery where it underwent temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The wine was left on light lees for 6 months after blending to contribute some extra palate weight and texture. 75% of the fruit is from Home Block, Wairau Bar where the rich top soils of the lower Wairau Valley Home Vineyard have long been considered the finest agricultural soils in Marlborough. They give us complex flavors and pungent aromatics. Combine this with the influence from Rarangi alluvials deposited by the mighty Wairau River 300 years ago, and the result is wines displaying complexity, personality and expression. 25% of the fruit is from Redwood Hills, Awatere Valley where the naturally low cropping Redwood Hills Awatere Vineyard provides fruit with elegance and length. The soils consist of free draining sandy/silt loams. The cool night's help retain acidity. The restrained yet powerful fruit from our Awatere Vineyard perfectly complements the more exuberant and fruit forward expressions we get from the Wairau Home block.

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