Dan Sorrell has embarked on a vinous journey, drawing inspiration from premier Marlborough vineyards such as The Wrekin, Auntsfield, and Churton to manifest his deep passion for wine.
In the 2021 release, the inaugural Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from The Wrekin Vineyard sold out swiftly. The 2022 lineup boasts the Auntsfield Vineyard Blanc, Churton Pinot Noir, and The Wrekin Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Auntsfield Blanc 2022: Cultivated on Marlborough's oldest vineyard established in 1873, Auntsfield Blanc emerges from a meticulously managed 1-hectare block, featuring biodynamic cultivation of 100% Sauvignon Blanc. With a nod to Loire's style, this wine exudes a savoury, mineral expression. The fermentation, nurtured by Dan, utilizes yeast from the Auntsfield vineyard. Aged for 14 months in concrete and older French oak, it sees an additional 2 months in tank before bottling. 200 cases produced.
The Wrekin Chardonnay 2022 and Pinot Noir 2022: Nestled on a hillside with unique gravel and rock soils, The Wrekin vineyard spans 30 hectares of rolling slopes. Biodynamically farmed alongside a menagerie of animals and orchards, the handpicked Chardonnay and Pinot Noir showcase the vineyard's terroir. The Chardonnay, aged for 18 months in old French oak, underwent wild malolactic fermentation, bottled unfined and unfiltered. The Pinot Noir, destemmed and fermented in open-top fermenters, ages for 14 months in older French oak, embracing spring malolactic fermentation. Both wines exhibit bright energy and elegant expressions. 130 cases and 220 cases produced respectively.
Churton Pinot Noir 2022: Situated in Waihopai Valley, the biodynamic principle farming and organic-certified Churton Vineyard covers 22 hectares. Grown on an elevated northeast-facing hillside with clay-based loess over alluvial gravels, this Pinot Noir, made from a single clone (777), underwent fermentation with 20% whole bunch. Aged for 14 months in old French oak, the wine experienced spring malolactic fermentation. The unique terroir allows for extended phenolic ripening, resulting in a well-structured wine with floral nuances. 100 cases produced.
Initiating ferments four days ahead of harvest, Dan employs a pied de cuve technique, showcasing his belief that great wine starts in the vineyard. His minimal intervention philosophy underscores purity, a deep sense of place, and meticulous care. These remarkable wines are a testament and respect to the toil of vineyards and growers. Discover these gems in select restaurants or secure your bottles directly at Sorrell Wines.
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