Vintage 2021 was the earliest harvest on record. There were late spring frosts in Marlborough and some challenging weather over the flowering period, which resulted in moderate crops throughout the region. These moderate crops coupled with a warm and stable end to the growing season set us up for an early start with stunning fruit.
We had clear, warm days throughout March, so we could pick at our leisure, without any pressure from the elements. The resulting wine showcases the wonderful hallmarks that Awatere vineyards are known for.
The grapes were harvested in ideal condition, picking the terraced blocks at the point of optimum flavor development. The individual parcels were warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts.
A fast, hot fermentation followed, with daily cap management to craft a wine with elegance and balance. The parcels were then pressed off, with a portion going to a mixture of new and older oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was then blended, stabilized and filtered prior to bottling.
Enjoy with dishes such as lamb rack, roast pork and duck breast.
The Crossings range of wines are produced in Marlborough, New Zealand’s most prominent winemaking region. With vineyards located in the premium sub-regions of the Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley, our vines flourish under brilliant sunshine and cool coastal breezes. The Crossings signature Sauvignon Blanc showcases classic Marlborough hallmarks – distinct minerality and generous tropical fruit flavors, with a refreshing vibrancy in every glass. Discover the refreshing taste of crossing to the purest side of New Zealand with The Crossings range of sustainably grown, vegan-friendly wines.