Mount Nelson (Tenuta Campo di Sasso Ltd.)

Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2007

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  • Introduction

    • After producing a singular Sauvignon Blanc at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia in Tuscany for many years, Marchese Lodovico Antinori wanted to make a wine that captured the same crisp, natural exuberance of the grape, while displaying restraint, elegance and structure. He turned to Marlborough, New Zealand, and in 2003 purchased, with his brother Piero Antinori, a portion of the Meadowbank vineyard from respected viticulturist William Grigg. In 2004, they produced the first vintage of Mount Nelson from this property, fulfilling Lodovico’s dream of creating a signature white wine outside of Italy.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The Mount Nelson vineyard is situated just 60 feet above sea level on the banks of Taylor River near the mouth of Cloudy Bay. The soil consists of free-draining alluvial loams over deep, stony river deposits. Thirty-two acres are planted to the single varietal, Sauvignon Blanc, using carefully selected clones. Mount Nelson vineyard supplies 60 percent of the fruit, and the remainder comes from the nearly identical neighboring 35-acre Meadowbank vineyard, still owned and managed by William Grigg.

    • Appellation: Marlborough
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest took place between March 24-29. Grapes were harvested between 20.5°-23° brix.

  • Vinification

    • Aging: This Sauvignon Blanc is enjoyable immediately but will cellar well for up to 3 years.
  • Technical Information

    • Winemaking: The grapes were harvested by individual blocks in the early hours of the morning to avoid the heat of the day. The fruit was then minimally handled to preserve its quality. It was pressed and transferred to jacketed stainless steel tanks for 48 hours of cold soak. The juice underwent a cold fermentation with selected yeasts to maintain and enhance the cool-climate character of the wine, before aging four months on the lees. It did not undergo malolactic fermentation.

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
    • Production (in cases): 11,600 cases (12/750ml)
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Cases Imported: 4,000
    • Imported Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.8%
    • TA: 7.3g/L
    • p H: 3.11
  • Tasting Notes

    • Clear and bright with pale green and straw highlights. Gooseberry and passionfruit aromas with freshly cut grass notes and a faint undercurrent of citrus blossom. Concentrated and intense, the wine shows gooseberry, passionfruit and stone-fruit flavors with a hint of lime. A Sauvignon Blanc made in a classical dry style, it shows fresh and vibrant acidity with a generous mouth-feel and warm, rich and lingering finish.



  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2007 89 points, Champion of Value

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2007 – The Wall Street Journal

    “Restrained and calm, more refined and relaxed than many and therefore perhaps better with food. Nice combination of bell peppers and grapefruit. This wine is from Lodovico Antinori, who created Ornellaia, an Italian Super Tuscan.”

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2007 – 87 points – Wine Spectator

    “Lean and focused, with vibrant lime, crushed stone and quince flavors. Grapefruit, grass and lemon blossom highlight the tart finish.”

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2007 – 90 points – Wine News

    “Pale gold hue. Fresh grapefruit and wet stone aromas. Well structured and balanced with crisp lemon-lime flavors. Dry, lengthy finish with a zesty citrus bite.”