Sauvignon Blanc is currently the oldest planted grape variety at Noble Hill. These 28 year old vines grow at the highest elevation on the estate. Cool maritime air flows constantly here and gives this lighthearted wine aromas of green apple and gooseberry.
In the vines
In order to retain the grapes’ cool and fresh aromas we do not tie or clip the vines’ shoots during the growing season. The result is an expansive, shady canopy that provides an optimal ripening environment without excessive sun exposure.
Using headlamps, we start before dawn to pick fruit in the cool morning hours and bring the bunches to the cellar in shallow lug boxes designed to keep the grapes intact on the ride down.
Because of the Sauvignon Blanc vines’ age, they are naturally very low yielding, normally between 4-6 tons per hectare. The low yield allows the vines’ root systems to extract nutrients and flavours from deep in the soil and provides structure and character to the wines.