Rising 422 metres, Mt Vernon is one of the peaks towering above Marlborough in the Wither Hills, just behind the winery here at Lawson’s Dry Hills. Named after this local landmark, the wines under this label are accessible, approachable and rewarding with a focus on fruit purity.
Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc 2018
A blend of the Wairau (Southern Valleys) and Awatere Valley (43%), the vines were three and four cane VSP pruned. The grapes were picked on the flavours, trying to balance the nice grassy notes with the more tropical passionfruit flavours, then gently pressed to stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The fermentation was done at cool temperatures with specially selected yeast that maximised the aromatics in the juice. After fermentation the tanks were graded and this wine is a selection of the best tanks.
Mount Vernon Pinot Gris 2017
The grapes for this wine are from three different vineyard blocks, two in the Wairau Valley and the third in the Waihopai Valley. All were VSP pruned and shoot thinned before a light leaf plucking, followed by a colour thinning of the bunches later in the season. 2017 was a wonderful year, flavours developed early allowing us to pick the grapes at slightly lower sugar levels than normal resulting in elegant, concentrated wines. The grapes were in pristine condition, they were gently pressed before fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was conducted at low temperatures (12-14C) to retain the wines beautiful aromatics, the tanks were lees stirred post fermentation to encourage yeast autolysis to provide extra palate weight.