Churton Petit Manseng 500ml-Wine-Wineseeker
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$54.00

Churton Petit Manseng 500ml

The French wine region of Jurançon in South-West France is a stones throw from the the Pyrenees mountains and home to stunning wines made from both 'Gros Manseng' and 'Petit Manseng' grapes. The wines from this region have been highly regarded since the middle ages. It has been argued that the specific geographical has been recognised since the late 1300s, making it possibly the first appellation in the world.

Petit Manseng is a grape rarely found outside of South-West France, Churton having the first vines planted in NZ. Its thick skins and loose bunches allow it to be picked very late, sometimes waiting until the small grapes are shriveled on the vine to intensify the already high natural sugars. When fermented in oak barrels it takes on complex spicy characters.

The Petit Manseng block is the only North-West facing vineyard at Churton, capturing the warm afternoon sun. Picked in late April with a generous 29 Brix and a massive 13g TA. Gently whole bunch pressed, and fermented in seasoned 300-500L barrels, a very long 3-month ferment stopped with a residual sugar of 97g/L makes for a very complex and decadent wine.

 Our Tasting Note:

Intense aromas of quince, pineapple juice, baked apple pastry and caramel, bursting with papaya, mango, coconut, cinnamon and exotic eastern spices - starts sweet but finishes remarkably fresh. Only 200 cases of 500ml bottles made!

Region
  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand - Marlborough
Style
  • Biodynamic
  • Dessert Wine
  • Organic
Varietal
  • Other White

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Bright pale lemon in colour, this Petit Manseng has a complex, aromatic bouquet of spiced ripe baked quince with an intriguing background of lanolin and aromatic honey. In the mouth the wine starts medium sweet but ends quite dry. The palate is complex and layered with fine direction towards the tight crisp and mineral like acidity on the finish. Great length of flavour, mouth watering.
Alcohol 11.6%
Titratable Acidity 9.1 g/l
Residual grape sugar 69 g/l
pH 2.88
The first to be planted in New Zealand, our Petit Manseng thrives within our only northwest facing vineyard block – the 10% slope capturing the intensity of the afternoon sun. Everything apart from harvest is early for Petit Manseng. A late September bud burst was followed by shoot thinning with flowering taking place just before Christmas. We green harvested after veraison in mid February and removed laterals from the fruit zone. We hand harvested on 29 April: the distinctly open bunches measured 28.9 Brix balanced with great acid in excess of 13g/l TA.

Winemaker Notes

Bright pale lemon in colour, this Petit Manseng has a complex, aromatic bouquet of spiced ripe baked quince with an intriguing background of lanolin and aromatic honey. In the mouth the wine starts medium sweet but ends quite dry. The palate is complex and layered with fine direction towards the tight crisp and mineral like acidity on the finish. Great length of flavour, mouth watering.
Alcohol 11.6%
Titratable Acidity 9.1 g/l
Residual grape sugar 69 g/l
pH 2.88
The first to be planted in New Zealand, our Petit Manseng thrives within our only northwest facing vineyard block – the 10% slope capturing the intensity of the afternoon sun. Everything apart from harvest is early for Petit Manseng. A late September bud burst was followed by shoot thinning with flowering taking place just before Christmas. We green harvested after veraison in mid February and removed laterals from the fruit zone. We hand harvested on 29 April: the distinctly open bunches measured 28.9 Brix balanced with great acid in excess of 13g/l TA.