Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2021
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Water white with a hint of green and gold. Lifted aromatics of canned peaches, pineapple and elderflower. Rockmelon, Cape gooseberry and crushed sweet meadow grass. Distinctly Sauvignon Blanc finish, with linear acidity balanced by creamy mouthfeel.
Loveblock is the love-child of Kim and Erica Crawford, created after a short break from the industry and the sale of their first wine label, which still carries Kim’s full name. Founded in the early 2000’s high on the hills overlooking Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, Loveblock is anchored in two distinct plots, Hillside and Woolshed. In 2008 they also planted in Central Otago in order to produce authentic Pinot Noir.
Erica and Kim use 100% organic processes to grow their grapes allowing both sites to fully express pure and naked terroir in their wines. The Loveblock team believe in sharing the love affair between humans and the land through their wines, and employ the lowest-intervention farming techniques possible.
The resulting Loveblock wines are extremely delicate, finely-balanced, elegant and fragile. Every vintage and variety is processed at its own pace, at small Organically Certified Wineries.
For more information on Loveblock and their wines, visit their website.
Marlborough Wine Region is New Zealand’s largest and most famed wine region. Early successes with the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc varietal range far and wide, landing NZ on the international wine map. With vintners interest in varied terroir and varieties escalating the recognition of the region globally adding fuel to the fire. Soon enough winemakers took to the cooler sub-regions of Southern Valley’s and Awatere.
Back in the 1980s as an understanding of the regions potential slowly unfurled, farmers and foresters alike made a switch. The switch was to viticulture and the industry blossomed.
Marlborough’s Wine Region Conditions
Resting to the east at the tip of the South Island, Marlboroughs enjoys long drawn out daylight hours. This is coupled with a clear, cool atmosphere at night. This union results in a long, leisurely ripening period. Greatly contributing to the grapes intensified flavours while the chill of the night retains the acidity levels.
Consisting of the three sub-regions; Wairau Valley, Awatere Valley and the Southern Valley’s. Marlborough has a diversified range of terroirs, allowing for impressive variation in style, minerality, and flavour. As the name suggests, the Southern Valleys sit south of the Wairau Valleys and houses the Omaka and Fairhall. As well as Brancott, Ben Morven and Waihopai valleys – Marlborough’s original sites.
The southern location of these valleys and the soils relatively heavier clay content is a key factor in its wine product. The clay gives the ability to produce a diverse range of wines.
Enjoying the slightly warmer north of the region, the Wairau Valleys sit more inland. It benefits from the Wairau River running through. This decreases the need and frequency of irrigation.
Soil Profiles and Notes
With each of the sites here having varying soil profiles consisting of alluvial gravel, wind borne loess and greywacke. Each vineyard will produce a unique wine, with flavour inherited from its unique soil composition. Although it must be noted, no matter how far a style strays, its intensity remains. The rich fruit intensity that’s a hallmark of the region can always be found.
Close to the Coast lies Awatere, arguably Marlborough’s most distinctive sub-region. The windier and cool location means the vines have a lower yield. This means the wines produced have an incredibly distinctive character as each abstraction and variation isn’t diluted.
The Herbaceous and flinty minerality truly reflect the sub-regions unique Terroir. While the good aromatics one can find stem from a decrease in the vigour of the vines.
As the New Zealand’s Wine Industries largest wine region it houses around 77% of the countries vines. It also produces over 75% of the Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough has an upward trajectory and an exciting future.