Mount Vernon

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 2018

This wine is made from grapes from several of our vineyards in the Wairau Valley. We work hard to ensure crops are kept at a moderate level including leaf-plucking the vines to ensure the fruit has good exposure to the sun. The grapes were picked quite early in the season to retain the fresh fruit characters and bright acidity. Our goal is to capture the delicious flavours we see in the grapes and translate them into the bottle. This is done by fermenting the juice in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures with specially selected yeast.

 

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