The OTQ Series is a pure expression of Jules’ winemaking skills and her vision to create wines which speak of their place.
Selected bunches of fruit from the Plunkett Vineyard were hand harvested and whole cluster pressed into old oak barrels for wild fermentation and maturation. The resultant wine is a special, very limited showcase of the versatility of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Pale green-gold in colour, this wine is an intriguing fusion of white fleshed peach, elderberry and honeysuckle, perfectly overlayed on nutty caramel notes. Revealing the softer side of its Sauvignon Blanc heritage on the palate, it offers a delicious combination of juicy white fleshed peach and guava beautifully laced with notes of pecan and honey.
The fruit for this Sauvignon Blanc is a hand-picked selection from a small parcel in the Dillons Point subregion of Marlborough. I earmarked this parcel of fruit early in the season as it was promising to be something very special. We hand-harvested only the bunches that had bathed in sunlight during the late growing season. The juice was whole cluster pressed into old barriques where a fast, furious wild fermentation took place. The wine also went through a partial malolactic fermentation to change the acid profile and add layers of complexity. The barrels were stirred over spring and summer and the wine was blended and stabilised prior to the 2016 vintage. I hope you enjoy trying this special, very limited, showcase of the versatility of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!
5 Stars. Made 'On The Quiet', the classy 2015 vintage is a single-vineyard wine, grown at Dillons Point, in the lower Wairau Valley. Hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in old French oak barrels, it was matured on its yeast lees in wood for nearly a year. Bright, light lemon/green, it is ripely scented, mouthfilling and sweet-fruited, with concentrated, tropical fruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, excellent complexity and a long, dry, rounded finish. Already delicious, it's a drink-now or cellaring proposition.