Settlement Heritage Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2022
Founded by Steve Planthaber, originally from Adelaide but post school left for the South Island of New Zealand. A move to Marlborough with his partner Kirsty Sutherland cemented his love for all things wine. Hard not to be inspired when meeting the Sutherland’s who were one of the pioneers of viticulture in the region, part of the original success of Cloudy Bay followed by establishing their own estate Dog Point. Steve was keen to find his own path and after 12 years running the production and operations at Cloudy Bay decided to begin his own wine brand, Settlement.
Settlement, named after the stunning Amphitheatre single vineyard site in the Omaka Valley, is dedicated entirely to the production of organic, old vine single vineyard expressions of very special sites in Marlborough.
The Heritage vineyard was planted in 1990 (now 30 years old) with UDD1 MS clone of Sauvignon Blanc in the Southern end of the Wairau Valley. The soil profile of the vineyard is a free draining silty clay loam over a clay subsoil, created by historical flooding of the Wairau across the valley floor. Whole-bunch pressed to tank. The majority of the wine was fermented in tank with 15% fermented separately in French Oak
From the Heritage Vineyard – Aromas of a classic Marlborough style with ripe citrus and tropical fruits then sweet red apple, grapefruit and fresh herbs. Floral and mineral scents add complexity and depth. On the palate – intense, crisp, fruity and salivating with plenty of acidity, a light salty note and fruit flavours that mirror the nose. Youthful, refreshing and very tasty with a lengthy finish. Time to develop in your cellar or drink now with freshly steamed shell fish linguine or your favourite salty starter. Best drinking from 2024 through 2027. - Cameron Douglas MW, 94 Points
The Finer Details
Style - White Wine
Varietal - Sauvignon Blanc
Country - New Zealand
Region - Marlborough
Vintage - 2022
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13.5%
Other - Organic
Closure - Screw Cap