Heritage Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2020



Featuring 30 year old vines planted over free-draining silt/clay loams, the Heritage Vineyard produces Sauvignon Blancs of typical Marlborough intensity, bolstered by elevated acidity and steely textures.


The Heritage Vineyard is planted on silty loams overlying a clay sub soil. Its layered profile is free-draining, a result of historical flooding from the Wairau River across the valley floor. It has been certified organic since 2012.


Grapes are harvested and pressed straight into stainless steel. After settling for three days the must is racked and fermented, 15% of which is done in old French oak. The wine sees 5 months in tank before bottling without filtration.


One of the best vintages for Marlborough in recent memory, growing conditions were nearly perfect for the region. December rains gave the vines enough water to subsist on with a warm summer providing ample ripening. Conditions before and during harvest were cool and dry, mitigating disease pressure and ensuring lively acidity in the grapes.

Tasting Note

Perfectly ripe pear leaps out on the nose, intertwined with freshly cut grass and sliced green bell pepper. Crisp and lively on the palate, flavors of golden apple, pineapple and grapefruit give way to a long, pleasantly herbaceous finish.



Grape Varieties

Sauvignon Blanc







Suggested Retail Price



"Restrained and Supple"

Rebecca Gibb MW - March 22, 2022

"The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc Heritage Vineyard is a more restrained and supple style from Marlborough. This is not a tropical fruit party; we're in the grapefruit, elderflower and citrus spectrum, with 15% wild ferment bringing an attractive note of white flowers. Firm acidity makes for a tangy, clean and bright finish. There’s light, fine-grained texture on the medium-length finish, which conveys a sense of calm. I look forward to seeing more from Steve and Kirsty at Settlement." - Rebecca Gibb MW

Trade Materials

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