Loveblock – Sauvignon Blanc/ Pinot Gris 2020
After Loveblock releasing their first wine from 2020 harvest, Loveblock TEE Sauvignon Blanc in October 2020, which used green tea antioxidant as preservatives and made it to my Top 6 Savignon Blanc tasted in 2020. Loveblock is set to release its Organic Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris.
The Sauvignon Blanc is from their certified organic Woolshed Vineyard on Loveblock Farm, in the Lower Dashwood subregion of Aweatere Valley in Marlborough. Predominately aged alluvial loams containing some silt loam over stone. The vines are pruned to two, three or four canes per vine, depending on vigour and trained in VSP. Ideal flowering conditions, followed by a warm dry summer, grapes were picked in perfect conditions with an average yield of 9 tonnes per hectare in early April. No sulphur or ascorbic acid was used in the vineyard as per organic winemaking practices.
The Pinot Gris from the same subregion with the same soil type sourced entirely from their certified organic estate vineyard, The Triangle. Organic management decreases the vigour of the vines, reducing berry size and overall yields, harvested in late March yielding nine tonnes per hectare.
Erica and Kim are behind the Loveblock brand, after selling the brand that's under Kim's name, they now go by their first name to avoid confusion of the company they sold and no longer involved.
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2020, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 15-Dec-2020Bright, pale straw-yellow, lighter watery on the rim. The nose is well-packed with exotic fruit aromas of pineapple, green guava along with cut grass and aromatic white spice dusting. Medium-bodied, the fruit possesses good intensity, the palate is salivating with aromas of pineapple, green guava, kaffir lime, along with a dusting of fine white pepper. The wine has vibrant tropical fruit and grassy details show varietal and classic Marlborough quality. Acidity is lively, provides vitality and freshness to a long finish. Match with mussels and crustacean over the next 2-3 years. 35% handpicked fruit, fermented in concrete egg, amphorae and older old barrels; 65% machine picked fruit fermented in stainless steel. 13.5% alc, 6.8 g/l RS. BioGro organic certified, vegan friendly. 18.5/20 pts (93 pts) Dec 2020 RRP $21.99
Loveblock Pinot Gris 2020, MarlboroughPinot Gris from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 15-Dec-2020Bright, pale yellow, lighter on the rim. The nose is vibrant and straight-forward, aromas of quince and pear entwined with a touch of cinnamon and ginger. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, fresh aromas of nashi pear, quince, along with lemon form a lively core, enliven by ginger and cinnamon spices. Acidity is mouthwatering, provide freshness and cleanse to the palate. Subtle lemon peels and spices lend a bright finish. This is a bright, straight-forward Pinot Gris with flavours of quince, lemon and spices on a refreshing and smooth flow. Match with pulled pork and Japanese dumplings over the next 2-3 years. Machine-picked, fermented to 12.5%, 5.2 g/l RS. BioGro organic certified, vegan friendly. 18/20 pts (90 pts) Dec 2020 RRP $21.99