Firebird Sauvignon Blanc
Winemaker: Mark Kozned
Region: Adelaide Hills
TA: 6.8 g/l
88 points – Halliday Wine Companion
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The 2017 Growing season was great for growing aromatic whites in the Adelaide Hills. Warm but not too hot days and relatively cool nights meant that delicate whites wines matured under perfect growing conditions. A couple of bursts of rain mid-February freshened up the canopy giving us a Rolls Royce engine to ripen the grapes. Following the rain, the season ended with a period of warm weather, but well-developed canopies balanced by slightly above average yields provided the perfect environment for the harvesting of a full flavoured Sauvignon. We picked 4 batches of Sav Blanc between 12 March and 27 March 2017 with the lowest Be (sugar ripeness) being 11.7 (producing lime, grass, spice and nettle characters) and the highest 12.9 (producing tropical guava, passionfruit, and honey dew characters).
Winemaking responsibilities rest with Mark Kozned and all our wines are made at our Revenir winery located in the Adelaide Hills. We follow the time-tested method of slow cool ferments where the ferment temperatures are managed between 14 and 18 degrees Celsius taking between 20 and 30 days. The 2017 wine is consistent with our aim of producing a wine with grassy and citrus edges with hints of freshly opened passionfruit and guava on the finish. Careful batch selection and blending has produced a distinctive but elegant wine that accentuates the varietal characters of Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has balanced natural acidity with moderate sweetness and the finish is long and lingering.