Amisfield Sauvignon Blanc 2019 ~ Central Otago, New Zealand
91 /100 - The Wine Front (2015 vintage)
93/100 - Bob Campbell (2015 vintage)
90 /100 - James Suckling (2015 vintage)
Commended - Decanter World Wine Awards 2015 (2015 vintage)
Silver - San Francisco International Wine Competition (2012 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine Challenge (2013 vintage)
Decanter World Wine Awards ~ "Lovely textural wine, layering fleshy peach, apple and biscuity oak. Simple and balanced." (2015 Vintage)
Wine Enthusiast ~ "This is a seriously dry wine, somewhere between stony and chalky in terms of texture. Aromatically, it strikes a balance between herb and citrus, finishing long and crisp." (2015 Vintage)
Amisfield's 200ha property, once a prominent high country merino station, is one of the largest single vineyard estates in the Central Otago region.
Central Otago, near the bottom of New Zealand's South Island, is the world's most southerly wine region. Vineyards cling to the sides of mountains and high above river gorges in this dramatic landscape.
One of the most distinctive features of Central Otago as a wine region is its marginal continental climate, with extreme seasonal and diurnal temperature variations. This shortens and intensifies the growing season and poses a frost risk for an extended period of the year. For this reason, many Otago vineyards occupy hillside sites, angled towards the sun, and reduce the risk of frost damage by keeping cold, dense air on the move.
Some producers employ frost protection on flatter sites, typically wind machines, frost pots and water sprinklers. Some have even been known to fly helicopters back and forth over their vineyards to prevent frost from settling.