“The Starlet” – Sauvignon Blanc 2022


Tropical fruit aromas of papaya and pineapple combine with exotic cardamon and bergamot spice notes,the palate has great fruit density with a lingering citrus finish.

“There’s no mistaking the vibrato, quiver and variety as the bouquet of the wine hits the senses with grapefruit and peach, wild gooseberry and hay, wild flowers and white spice. . ….” Cameron Douglas MS

A stunning cool climate expression of New Zealand’s most famous grape, our Sauvignon Blanc is named “The Starlet” because of her international popular appeal. She’s also fresh and fruity and best enjoyed young.

2022 Vintage

Lifted aromatics of citrus, spice, and crushed passionfruit seeds, the fresh palate has a mineral complexity and herbal notes balanced by a floral elderflower sweetness”.Olly Masters (Winemaker)

Vintage Notes

Warm temperatures at the start of the season, without the usual buffeting spring winds,resulted in rapid growth, aided by the moist ground from a wet winter. The warmth continued to flowering at the end of November before a cool front slowed growth but it was a good fruit set. January was hot and dry with a few consecutive days over 30°C. Conditions stayed warm for the rest of the season and harvest started at the end of March and continued over the next month. This was a dream season in terms of fruit quality and vine health with yields above the long-term average, and with an even berry size aiding flavour consistency and varietal expression. This season will be remembered as one of the best. This Sauvignon Blanc was hand-picked at an average yield of 6.4 T/ha. Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were 1152.

Food Match

Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing dry white wine that can be enjoyed on its own which is why it is such a popular variety. When matching with food, it is particularly suited to fresh and grilled seafood, ideal with most appetisers and it can be a perfect match to salads, vegetable dishes or white meats. The best cheese matches include goat cheese, feta, pecorino or sharp cheddars.


Region Central Otago, New Zealand Vineyard Estate-grown, single vineyard
Sub-region Bendigo – Single vineyard Variety/ Clones MS
Planting 2005, Altitude: 240 – 280m Harvested 30th & 31st March & 6th April 2022
Harvest Analysis Brix: 25.5-26.4 / pH: 3.14-3.17 / TA: 7.4-7.9 g/l Bottled 21 September 2022 (Stelvin closure)
Wine Analysis Alc:14% / pH: 3.14 / TA: 6.7 g/l Cellaring 1 – 5+ years


After a few initial hours of gentle skin contact, the hand-picked fruit was whole bunch pressed to tank for settling. The majority (55%) of the free run and some pressings juice was then racked, inoculated and cool fermented to dryness in stainless steel to retain varietal purity. The remaining portion was fermented in older French oak barrels, using both indigenous vineyard yeast and also using a vineyard sourced “pied de cuve” where a portion of juice is allowed to start fermenting in the vineyard. All these techniques add more texture and complex mineral/flint characters to the wine.