Mount Nelson (Tenuta Campo di Sasso Ltd.)

Marlborough, New Zealand

Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2012

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  • Introduction

    • After producing a singular Sauvignon Blanc at Ornellaia 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 New Zealand and the Wairau Valley of Marlborough and in 2003 purchased, with his brother Piero Antinori, a portion of the Meadowbank vineyard. In 2004 they produced the first vintage of Mount Nelson from this property.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • The majority of the fruit for Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the estate’s vineyard, which is situated just 18 meters (60 feet) above sea level onthe banks of Taylor River near the mouth of Cloudy Bay. The soil consists of free-draining alluvial loam over deep, stony river deposits. Eleven hectares (27acres) are planted to Sauvignon Blanc using mass selected clones. The remaining fruit is purchased from adjacent Meadowbank vineyards.

    • Appellation: Marlborough
  • Vintage Report

    • The grapes were harvested between April 10 and April 18 during the cool, early morning hours.

  • Vinification

    • Once picked, the fruit was minimally handled to preserve its quality. The juice underwent a cold fermentation lasting 10 to 14 days, with no malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the fruity aromas and crisp acidity. The wine was aged in bottle for three months prior to release.

  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
    • Production (in cases): 33,000 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 12.5%
    • TA: 8.0g/L
    • p H: 3.32
    • RS: 1.8g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • Pale yellow color with green highlights. Delicate and fragrant nose with citrus, floral and some herbal notes. Dry with refreshing, crisp acidity, balance and length. Lees aging in stainless steel for four months after fermentation has given it texture and length on the palate.



  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2012 – 90 points –

    “Ludovico Antinori knows a thing or two about Sauvignon Blanc…the 2012 Mount Nelson has a subtle, but mouth-filling creaminess. Coupling its quality with its price makes it very easy to recommend.”

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2012 – Wine of the Week – Santa Rosa Press Democrat

    "Made in the expected 'lime, gooseberry, new-mown hay' herbal style, but…has striking tropical fruit notes as well, and a near-perfect balance…this one is aimed directly at the dinner table."

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2012 – 91 points – The Tasting Panel

    "Bright with tangy citrus, gooseberry and lovely spice; fine acid structure and silky texture, seamless, juicy and long with great balance."

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough – 2012 – 90 points –

    “This vintage…fairly sings with intense aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and mown hay, sort of the classic profile for the wines of Marlborough, where the winds blow cold and the Sauvignons are typically lean and mean, in a good way.”