Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand is one of the most popular white wines in the UK, but this takes things to another level. Coming from Hawke's Bay on the North Island, the Sauvignon vines are planted on one of the country's few hillside vineyards.
The wine is made in a natural style with minimal intervention - low sulphur, no fining and the skins are left in contact with the fermentating juice briefly to maximise flavour, body and texture.
This lack of winemaking intervention allows the 'terroir' to shine through, giving a unique take on kiwi Sauvignon. There are ripe grapefuit and peach aromas, but also smoky and spicy notes which follows onto the palate which is fullf-flavoured with refreshing natural acidity. This is less overtly fruity than most NZ Sauvignon, but offers much more complexity and has a lovely oily texture.
It is sealed with a crown cap, more commonly seen on beer bottles, but which serves as a perfect closure for wine bottles - expect to see more wines being sealed with this practical closure in the future.
Recommended in The Independent, 'From Hawke’s Bay, on New Zealand’s warmer North Island, a region with a reputation for producing quality merlot and cabernet sauvignon, the Supernatural Wine Company’s sauvignon blanc is made with minimal intervention and with skin contact prior to fermentation to intensify flavours and add weight and colour to the wine. Juicy notes of grilled sugared grapefruit and burstingly ripe flavours of peach, joyfully running down your chin.' Nuria Stylianou, February 2017 (2014 vintage)
91 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 'The 2014 The Supernatural has a beautiful, ripe Sauvignon Blanc nose of pink grapefruit, guava, ginger, honey drizzled pears and orange blossom. The palate delivers a lovely satiny texture and tons of citrus and ginger laced flavors with a lively acid backbone and very long finish. I look forward to seeing how this cellars!' Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, March 2016 (2014 vintage)
The Supernatural Wine Co.
Using organic and now biodynamic methods, this cutting edge estate on chalky north facing hillsides that overlook Hawles Bay is, as you might expect, also an exponent of 'natural' wines. Focussing on dry, aromatic and skin fermented white wines, their production is small, yet with geat ambition to produce the very highest quality. Talented winemakers Hayden Penny, and Gabrielle Simmers, together with owner Greg Collinge are creating a special range here on the high slopes above Hawkes Bay. The 'Spook Light' (skin fermented Pinot Gris) wine is allocated in very small quantity only, not listed here, please ask us if you are interested.