2007 Gann Family Cellars Sauvignon Blanc Spring Hill
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Sugar: 23.5 brix (at harvest)
Harvest Date: August 23, 2007
Bottling Date: May 12, 2008
Production: 2,316 cases
The 2007 vintage has produced a highly aromatic wine showing extraordinary perfumes of flowering jasmine, lilies and gardenias. The earlier harvested fruit gives a slightly grassy, herbaceous character to the wine while the later picked grapes have provided more fruit forwardness, with flavors ranging from a bright citrus right through to an exotic tropical.
Our “Spring Hill Vineyard” block is an eastern facing hillside vineyard planted in 1978. These old and gnarled Sauvignon Blanc vines produce small yields of fruit filled with amazing depth and character. This block consists of well-drained Hugo loam soils and is planted to Sauvignon Blanc clone 1 on AxR-1 rootstock using a quadrilateral cordon trellis system.
We harvested the fruit on three separate occasions over a period of 14 days. This enabled these majestic vines to show off their broad range of character as well as bring out a wonderful natural complexity to the wine. About 10% of the wine is barrel fermented to add further dimensions in texture and to give a slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.
2007 was characterized as a moderate season which lagged about two weeks behind average. The cooler temperatures provided for even ripening of fruit throughout spring and summer. The moderate weather allowed for extended hang time as we patiently waited for the full flavors to develop.