“The Starlet” – Sauvignon Blanc 2019


Exotic aromas of passionfruit, rock melon and ripe citrus lead to a dense palate of tropical fruit that’s balanced by refreshing acidity and a long dry elegant finish.

“…A precise and powerful bouquet of Sauvignon Blanc… With a long finish and so much to like about this wine, a second glass is an easy call to make.”
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.

2019 Vintage

““With attractive aromas of sweet lime and passionfruit along with notes of liquorice, blackcurrant and mango, this wine has bright citrus acidity but a gentle palate overall with lingering fruit sweetness.” Olly Masters (Winemaker)

Vintage Notes

The 2019 season was a typical Central Otago season in terms of heat but what was unusual was the high rainfall and a lack of the north-west spring winds. The heavier spring rains encouraged vigorous canopy development requiring vigilance to ensure short interval spray programs were maintained to prevent any disease. Conditions for flowering and fruit set were ideal for Misha’s Vineyard with a mild autumn with perfect weather to enable ripening. However it was a very mixed season across the region with vineyards impacted by a severe frost early in the season (13th October) where temperatures plummeted to -4°C and three days of late frosts (6-8th April), which saw many vineyards scramble to harvest fruit as canopies collapsed. This was a year to be thankful for steep slopes and a frost-drained vineyard site. Growing Degree Days (GDDs) were 1149 with this fruit hand-picked at 7.8 tonnes per hectare.

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 8-14 April 2019
Harvest Analysis Brix: 23.25 / pH: 2.94 / TA: 8.2-8.3 g/l Bottled 10 October 2019 (Stelvin closure)
Wine Analysis Alc:14% / pH: 3.07 / TA: 7.5 g/l Cellaring 1 – 5+ years


The fruit was hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The free run and early press portion (66%) was handled in an anaerobic manner – it was settled, racked, inoculated then cool fermented in stainless steel. The remaining juice portion was handled more oxidatively and was taken to older French oak barrels and allowed to go through a spontaneous ferment. This process whilst initially warmer (>20°C) also tends to take longer to finish giving a more complex ferment character in the wine.