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Brancott Estate Celebrates the End of a Sensational Vintage

Brancott Estate Celebrates the End of a “Sensational” Vintage

Vineyard beats the weather to harvest pristine, flavoursome fruit

Early predictions of an outstanding vintage have proven true for Brancott Estate, the pioneers of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, who have successfully completed harvest ahead of autumn rain, and with fruit that bears all the characteristics of the region.

“The season has been so dry until now and this has delivered a sensational vintage for Marlborough” says Patrick Materman, Chief Winemaker for Brancott Estate. “While we’ve enjoyed the sunshine, it hasn’t been a particularly warm season, tracking around the long-term average in terms of Growing Degree Days. This, combined with the lack of rain, is a real positive for vineyards. The dry conditions mean pristine fruit development and allow us to make harvest decisions based on optimal flavour development, while the relatively cool temperatures ensure the aromatic expression and balance of natural acidity that has made Marlborough famous.”

Patrick says “Our hallmark variety of Sauvignon Blanc continues to go from strength to strength with each vintage, reflecting the growing conditions. While still going through ferment, we’re anticipating some rich and flavoursome wines to develop from 2013. Sauvignon Gris also excelled in the cool, dry, sunny conditions and Pinot Noir looks tremendous after a long, even ripening period which has resulted in great colour development and fruit maturity.”

About Brancott Estate

BRANCOTT ESTATETM. Honouring our Marlborough heritage, Brancott Estate wines take their name from our cherished Brancott Vineyard, home of the original Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; one of the world’s favourite New Zealand wine styles. In 1973, Brancott Vineyard was planted with grapes a decision that went against the popular opinion of the time that the South Island was too cold to grow grapes. In 1975, Brancott Vineyard was planted with the first Sauvignon Blanc grapes in Marlborough. This pioneering determination and skill of our winemakers and viticulturists continues to be evident in every bottle, as is the care and respect for the land that allow us to produce each and every one. Brancott Estate wines are sourced from multiple vineyards.

BRANCOTT ESTATETM is committed to sustainable practices and is a founding member of New Zealand’s original sustainable winegrowing initiative established in 1995. This programme has since transformed into Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ). All vineyards and wineries are accredited under the scheme.

Enjoy Brancott Estate wines responsibly. www.brancottestate.com

ENDS

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