Walnut Block is the vision of two brothers, and the name comes from the impressive 100 + year old walnut tree (the oldest in Marlborough) which stands in the middle of their Sauvignon Blanc vines.
Harvested by hand and whole bunched press, this limited release Sauvignon represents the pinnacle of their vineyards fruits. Winemaking is carried out using natural ferments to capture the grapes' lively, fresh aromas and fruit purity.
93 Points - Bob Campbell MW, 'Richly textured and quite concentrated Sauvignon Blanc, with pink grapefruit, guava, lemongrass and red capsicum flavours. Weighty wine with a hint of nutty yeast lees character. Quite a complex and appealing Sauvignon. Drink 2015 to 2019' (2015 vintage)
4.5 Stars - Michael Cooper MW, 'Sweet-fruited, it is mouthfilling and dry, with excellent delicacy and depth of fresh, tropical fruit flavours, balanced acidity and a smooth finish. A very harmonious wine, it’s already delicious.' Winestate Magazine (2015 vintage)
Recommended by Neil Cammies, 'A Marlborough Sauvignon that is made with meticulous care. Organic growing and hand-harvesting are coupled with the use of wild yeasts, resulting in a big style of wine. The nose has an exotic hit of passion fruit and mango, which fairly flies from the glass. In the mouth, the bounteous fruit shows plenty of the complexity for which this famous New Zealand region is renowned. So instead of the classically structured linear Loire Valley example, this is a fuller, generous wine, but still has a lively citrus zing in the tail.' Wales Online, August 2017 (2015 vintage)
90 Points - Jamie Goode, 'From an organic vineyard in Rapaura, planted in 1996. Hand-picked grapes. 30% is fermented in old barrels with wild yeast, while the rest is in stainless steel. Very tight, fresh and mineral, with steely citrus and herb aromatics leading to a focused, lively palate showing high acidity and a lemony, mineral core. Tight and youthful with potential for development.' WineAnorak.com, February 2014 (2013 vintage)
Walnut Block Wines
Walnut Block is the vision of two brothers – Clyde and Nigel Sowman. The Sowman family first planted the vineyard in 1996 in Marlborough’s premium Rapaura sub region. Combining their experience in viticulture and the wine industry with their passion and appreciation for fine wine, they have created their own unique range of superbly crafted Marlborough wines. Since introducing them last year, they have been a run-away success with Vintage Roots customers and we look forward to the new Pinot Noirs arriving. Why 'walnut'? Well because Marlborough’s oldest walnut tree, stands in the middle of the Sauvignon Blanc vines. Over 100 years old, the tree provides a special historical focal point for the vineyard and of course adds biodiversity too.