Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc
Localization: Marlborough, New Zealand
Tasting Notes: Strikes a lovely balance between that pungent wallop of grapefruit NZ sauvignon blanc fans love, and some floral and grassy notes.
Notes: Puriri Hills' second label is made for younger drinking in a contemporary style. Mokoroa is the Puriri Moth that lives only in Puriri trees.
The Domain: Our wines speak of the vintage yet carry the common thread that is the language of Puriri Hills.
Our maritime climate gives us long cool growing seasons which allow the vines to express a different set of aromatics from those grown in hotter climates. We have elegant nuances and character that just aren’t possible in hotter continental growing regions. We produce wine very specific to our terroir. It reflects our climate, our soil, and our people. The Puriri trees growing here reflect this unique character. They are native to the northern half of the North Island of New Zealand and grow nowhere else in the world.
We consider each new vintage as a new adventure. We embrace the challenge to make the best expression from what each vintage gives us. We focus on letting the vines make the wine. We work on improving soil quality by natural means and enhancing the health of the vines so that they can fully engage their potential. We follow regenerative agriculture practices. We do not embrace shortcuts but focus on maintaining the nuanced character that the vines are capable of producing.
We stick very closely to long-practiced methods of European winemaking in order to maintain in the wine the subtle and nuanced characteristics that the vines are capable of producing and can be lost in newer production methods. We ferment in open-top oak or stainless steel vessels. Elevage takes place over 2 years in barrel - usually about 50% new French Oak. After bottling we age the wine in bottle for up to five years until the wine enters its drinking window. We are building on thousands of years of French winemaking by making our unique Clevedon wine using traditional winemaking practices.