Greenhough Hope Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018



An ‘alternative’, partially barrel aged New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, from the prized Hope Vineyard, developed from a desire to build a complex and textural wine style.

A number of rows within Greenhough’s Hope Vineyard ‘Larches Block’ were selected for their later-ripening rootstock and spur pruned to encourage more uniform shoot growth and even ripening. One third of the fruit was harvested and macerated for 36 hours, the remainder gently pressed immediately after picking. These strikingly different juice portions were briefly settled, transferred to French oak barriques (17% new), and inoculated with a vineyard yeast pied-de-cuve. The wine rested on gross yeast lees for a further eight months and completed malolactic fermentation during this time.

Aromas are distinctly varietal – ripe yet fresh in equal measure. Floral, fragrant with notes of zesty citrus oil and herbal, caraway and fennel seed characters, with an added depth of savoury oak, yeast lees and a sniff of struck match complexity. The palate is incisive and attractively structured, its light, natural fruit sweetness, hints of malolactic and integrated yeast characters soften and enrich the whole.

  • Elegant, minerally, complex
  • 750ml
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2025
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Producer: Greenhough Wines

In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’. Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny Greenhough took on a four hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker, heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon vines were removed, a property next door was purchased, and new Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted. In 2008, Andrew and Jenny challenged themselves again, committing to organics and beginning the conversion to full BioGro NZ certification. All of the now 9 hectares are certified organic.

Nelson has a unique, sheltered climate, protected by mountain ranges to the south, east and west, with mild sea breezes from Tasman Bay to the north mitigating frosts through spring and autumn, and easing the heat in summer. Clear, cool nights preserve flavour and varietal character, letting fruit acids reduce gradually over settled autumn months; a mineral, fruit-based acidity underpins all varieties providing definition, structure and elegance. These are true wines of place, each batch an autobiography, from the sea that shaped the land to the hand that picked the grapes.

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18/20 Points
Raymond Chan


  • Raymond Chan

    This has layers of complexity. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a tight, deep and intense core of concentrated flavours of green stonefruits entwined with fresh herbs, stalks and cut-grass unfolding greengage and nettle notes. This is a complex, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with green stonefruits and cool-spectrum flavours on a palate with fine textures and very good linearity. 18/20.

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