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Sleepers Vineyard Albariño 2016

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Sleepers Vineyard


$157.00 per case (6 x 750 ml)

And now for something different. Wines in this range demonstrate Simon's innovative treatment of specific parcels of fruit and his willingness to challenge the 'everyday' winemaking process. Simon loves to experiment while capturing the raw, ethereal and sometimes undiscovered qualities of individual grape varieties.

"Lynne and Chris Wilson grew the Sleepers Albariño on a low river terrace of free-draining limestone loam above the Kekerengu River, under the watchful eye of our viticulturist Stephen Dempster. Hand-picked fruit was part aged in old French oak with some malolactic fermentation.

I make Albariño from the Kekerengu Coast of Marlborough because I like the crisp drinkability of the variety and believe it is well suited to our food and climate. There is a strong maritime influence on this vineyard and the natural qualities of the Albariño grape express this beautifully in the finished wine.

Sleepers Vineyard at Kekerengu is our most coastal vineyard, with a picturesque and historically
rich setting. The vines here see early bud-burst but the cooler temperatures prolong the growing season - the Albariño is the last of all our fruit to be harvested. The limestone in the soil, and the long growing season gives beautiful aromatic qualities." Simon Waghorn, Winemaker


Sleepers Vineyard

  • Colour/Appearance Pale gold
  • Aroma/Bouquet Stonefruit and ripe citrus, and a light creaminess.
  • Palate Fresh lively palate, white peach and tropical flavours. Medium body and length with a chalky and minerally finish.
  • Cellaring Enjoyable when young and fresh, but has the potential to age gracefully
  • Suggested Foods Goat milk cheeses, grilled or pan-fired white meats. Excellent for cutting through rich oily foods but also superb with salty and tart dishes, particularly seafood. A refreshing aperitif
  • Serve Chilled
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