2020 Invivo X Sarah Jessica Parker
2020 Invivo X Sarah Jessica Parker An intensely aromatic nose, this is a delicious medley of ripe citrus, tropical fruit and a hint of something savory. The fruit spectrum is complex and while overwhelmingly ‘Sauvignon Blanc’, the addition of delicate oak adds another dimension.
The striking palate immediately fills the mouth and finds a crisp finish to a long and balanced interplay of fruit and acidity. Delicate white wine tannins provide the framework and, combined with an approachable acidity, focuses the palate toward a long and elegant finish.
Sarah Jessica pushed the style a little further this year, for a softer wine with more oak influence, which included new French barriques and hogsheads. We employed more pre-fermentation maceration than in 2019, meaning we stirred the grape skins into the juice a bit more. We were really after an elevated phenolic structure with a hint of savory toast, but to be balanced we needed a great deal of weight and flesh among the structure.
The vineyards provided this in abundance and with the addition of some extra solids during ferment, helped maximise the textual element. The final tool was a good amount of malolactic fermentation to naturally soften the wine and add that special character the malic acid conversion does.