And Co. The Supernatural Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
The Supernatural 2009 (the name refers to And Co's viticultural practices) is the first release from And Co Ltd. A rich, opulent, aromatic white, The Supernatural is made with grapes sourced exclusively from low-yielding, organically grown estate vineyards planted in 2003 and 2004.
100% stainless steel, 9 months of lees contact
The Supernatural reflects the sun-drenched south sea days Hawke's Bay is famous for. Atypical nuances of honeysuckle, spice and smoke, a distinct minerality, a strong citrus seam and a rich texture define the personality of The Supernatural. Forget what you know about this variety, The Supernatural is a uniquely complex creature.
Wine Spectator - "Elegant and graceful, delivering nuanced flavors of honeycomb, pear and apricot, with aromatic honeysuckle and spice details. This plushwhite shows restraint, yet offers refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases made."
And Co. Winery
And Co is the family-owned 8.8ha property in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. Positioned on a north-facing hillside site on calcareous soils with slopes up to 30 degrees, the And Co Estate is one of the best viticultural sites in New Zealand. The pedigree of site is proven by the fame of the Te Mata Coleraine vineyard – located nearby on the same soils, slope and aspect. View all And Co. Wines
About Hawkes Bay
Hawkes Bay is the second largest wine region, following Marlborough. The area is known for its shmorgasborg of different microclimates and soils. Gimblett Gravels, while sounding like a character out of Lord of the Rings, is a soil and a district in the area. Gimblett Gravels are a gravelly mix that absorb and retain heat, much like the soils of Graves in Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du Pape in the Rhone.
Notable FactsChardonnay is the most planted grape variety here, and makes some excellent, usually un-oaked, wines. Sauvignon Blanc from the region are some is the best from the North Island. In addition, many winemakers are throwing their hat in the Bordeaux Blend ring, taking advantage of long sunshine hours and Gimblett Gravel soils by growing Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Syrah is also planted around the area and the reds are frequently blends. A few winemakers are making Pinot Noir from the cooler parts of Hawkes Bay.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.