Sauvignon Blanc Crownthorpe vineyard

Decibel SB

Sauvignon Blanc Crownthorpe vineyard

Country New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Producer Decibel


Style White
Practices Sustainable
Grapes Sauvignon Blanc
Other Features Vegan, Screw Cap

Hawke’s Bay lies on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The region enjoys dry summers with moderate, cool nights. This wine reflects a single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc which was grown inland on the elevated terraces of the Crownthorpe sub-region of Hawke’s Bay. This sub region of Hawke’s Bay enjoys long, strong sunlight hours but is slightly cooler than the coastal plains of Hawke’s Bay, making it most suitable for growing Sauvignon blanc. 2016 was a very fine growing season, quite typical for Hawkes Bay. This wine was picked early enough to maintain solid acidity and primary fruit flavours and aromas.

After harvest in late March the fruit was de-stemmed and crushed. The juice was settled and fermented in stainless steel tanks using two different yeasts in co-fermentation. Frequent stirring was done throughout fermentation and post fermentation allowing the solids to flesh out the palate. The wine was then cold settled and stabilized before bottling under screw-cap to maintain the bright fruit and aromatics gained from the young New Zealand soils.

Rich aromatics give way to fresh, tropical fruit on the nose. The front palate is soft, rich and lush with honeysuckle, bright peach and white, fleshy stone fruit. The mid palate is lifted and shows minerality, with a chalky texture and a fresh, clean finish. 12% alcohol. 3500 cases produced.

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About the Producer

Decibel Wines are Daniel Brennan’s vision to create minimal intervention wines using classic practices, natural wines with a community based attitude. After traveling through Europe and America with a band of musicians, artists and craftsmen, he docked in Philadelphia where he discovered New Zealand wines. Following the spirit of his great grandfather Miguel Rodolico, a barrel cooper and winemaker who traveled from Sicily to America in search of inspiration, Daniel left for New Zealand in 2007. He produced his first vintage of Decibel in 2009.

Farming/vinification practices: all the wines are sustainably grown and certified. However, each vineyard has its own story and some are moving toward organic and biodynamic practices. All the wines are vegan.


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