Barrel Aged Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc grape juice being put into old chardonnay barrels.  The grape juice will ferment in these with wild yeasts and the subsequent wine will mature for around 6 months inside them.

Today we harvested the first Sauvignon Blanc for the year.  We hand picked 10 rows of grapes, selecting only the ripest fruit as this pick is for a new wine Cirro are making this year - a wild ferment, barrel aged Sauvignon Blanc.  

This is a style I have been making for the last two years for one of my clients (Hawksdrift) and I have been suitably impressed in how Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc can actually be a horse that can juggle, as well walking on the tightrope.  

There are a number of great examples of this type of wine with Seresin, Cloudy Bay and Dog Point making a reserve style in this format for probably the last decade.  

We are looking forward to the first release of the Cirro Wild Barrel Sav in October.........now for the hard part of naming the wine!

Posted on April 2, 2013 .