Maturation: combination of French oak puncheons and barrels
“2021 Alibi has intense aromas of pineapple, gooseberry and citrus, so typical of Sauvignon Blanc from our Hidden Terrace Vineyard. Tropical fruit and lemon juice burst on the palate, with lime and wet stone flavours continuing throughout the long finish. The fresh acidity contrasts well with the silky texture, and time spent ageing on yeast in oak barrels has contributed richness and creamy notes to the wine.”
Ross Wise, Winemaker
The 2021 growing season started with a warm and dry spring, and an earlier than average budburst. The warm and dry start to the season was followed by an extremely hot and dry June and July, due to a persistent heat dome over the Pacific Northwest. Record high temperatures were recorded in many areas. Veraison also arrived earlier than average, and the first grapes were harvest 21 days prior to their corresponding harvest date in 2020 – a significant shift. The warm growing season helped the fruit to achieve excellent flavour and phenolic ripeness, along with a high level of concentra-tion and aromatic intensity across all varieties. An outstanding vintage that has produced bold white wines that are full of character.