Ironically we have just returned from a month of wine travel in Australia, but this brilliant Sauvignon Blanc was discovered while in New Zealand last January (2018), and has taken 13 months of hoop jumping to finally land this special order of only 5 cases. Lime Rock Coquina has never been imported to the USA.
Although the Lime Rock was on our target list, a lack of time and transportation, prevented a visitation. However, we were fortunate enough to experience the 2014 Lime Rock Coquina Sauvignon Blanc at the fabulous restaurant Bistronomy in Napier-Hawke’s Bay, and the grand impressions this wine left on us were motivation to begin the process that resulted in this exclusive and limited importation.
Needless to say, if you know and understand our preference for certain varietals to be grown on limestone, then you will appreciate why we went to such great length to bring this wine to you. MOST New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is grown from clay soils, and I might add is machine harvested. No worries Mate! You are not going to be inundated with the aggressive, ripe gooseberry and grapefruity components normally identifying Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Just the opposite – here the varietal has been organically farmed with northern exposures along the sweeping hills above central Hawke’s Bay on rare limestone strata (coquina – fossilized sea shells/ocean bed). Displaying spring time aromas of fresh baby herbs and citrus, this gorgeous wine shows purity, restraint and refinement with an essence of lime zest and an inherent mineral salinity, all driven by a snergy of vibrant acid wash. From five selected parcels, fermented separately three ways ranging from various sizes of stainless steel tank to new and used French oak barrels; indigenous yeast, whole bunch and whole berry carbonic maceration, pump overs and gross lees stirring. Bonus points if you stash a few away for cellaring!!
Go to www.limerock.co.nz or see this pdf for all the details: LR-Sauv-Blanc-Coquina-14-20150313.pdf