Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Meaning “Smoky River” in Maori, the historic Opawa River formed the stony soils responsible for the delicious aromas and flavours in Opawa wines.

Today the Opawa River is the habitat for various endangered and endemic NZ birdlife and Opawa is committed to preserving this wetland ecosystem and its inhabitants.

Opawa wines are made with minimal intervention, to ensure these pristine flavours are perfectly preserved in our wines.

About the Vineyard

Marlborough is a sheltered, sunny, cool maritime climate known for intense, highly aromatic wines.

Opawa Sauvignon Blanc is sourced principally from the Opawa vineyard, located on free-draining stony soils of the Opawa River floodplain. This site typically gives low cropping/low vigour vines, relatively early ripening, great aromatic intensity and tropical passionfruit flavours.

Wine Production

Grapes were machine-harvested at night then fermented at cool temperatures giving very fine juice and minimising the need for winemaker intervention. Fermentation is predominantly in stainless steel tanks using an aromatic yeast to retain intense tropical flavours but a small portion was fermented in large oak cuves and aged on yeast lees to add a textural element to the wine.

Tasting Notes

Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs are characterised by aromatic intensity and refreshing acidity derived from the cool climate, high sunlight intensity and free draining soils.

This Sauvignon displays the tropical passionfruit and crisp citrus characters typical of Sauvignon grown in the Rapaura subregion backed up by refreshing acidity and crisp citrus flavours on the palate.

Food Pairing

The intense aromas and flavours of this wine can stand up to strongly flavoured dishes such as Mexican or Asian spices. The tropical and citrus notes work well with salsas for example on fish tacos or chilli crab, or a citrus vinaigrette salad.

Production Info
Vineyard name
Regional blend
Soil composition
Silt and Stony
Training method
130 feet
Average Vine Age
5 tons
Harvest time
First vintage of this wine
Bottles produced of this wine
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Maceration technique
Sur-Lie Aging
Fining agent
Type of aging container
Stainless steel tanks
Certified Vineyards
All vineyards certified under Sustainable winegrowing New Zealand
Certifying Organizations
New Zealand Winegrowers
Sustainability Certification
Analytical Data
12.5 %
pH level
Residual sugar
2.5 g/L
6.9 g/L

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