2020 Halcyon Days 'Veil' Sauvignon Blanc

2020 Halcyon Days &

2020 Halcyon Days 'Veil' Sauvignon Blanc

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 'Veil' is a very particular style of wine; it's an oxidative wine, which is something we all at Everyday Wine utterly enjoy. But allow us to explain what that means -  it's Sauvignon Blanc (with a drop of Gewürz), but one that has been aged in barrel sous voile, which is to say the barrel was left untopped, increasing the surface area of the wine as it matures (and evaporates), allowing a small layer of yeast (pellicle/veil/voile) to form on its surface. What's left is a rich, nutty, intensified white wine with a very unique fenugreek, curry seed, caramelised sugar aroma. There are similarities to Sherry here, but this is no fortified wine, nor is it Vin Jaune from the Jura - there's still a freshness and herbaceousness to this wine to remind you it's still from Sauvignon and it's still from New Zealand. 

This is easily one of the most unique New Zealand wines in the market right now, and sadly, we can only offer one bottle per customer (just one barrel was made!). Orders for more than 1 bottle of Veil will be refunded.

From Olly & Amy:

"There’s something about oxidative wine styles that makes the wines seem almost timeless. Which is strange, because in winemaking terms, oxidation can be corruption – it heralds the beginning of the end of a wine.

And yet, if you can hold on to that, encase it – as they do in the Jura mountains of eastern France or in the cool bodegas of sun-baked Jerez – then it’s almost as if you’re tasting something from before your time. It’s like you’re tasting a wine of your ancestors; a wine as it is forever, to which no more can occur.

Needless to say, from Sherry to the Jura, we love these oxidative wine styles and we wanted to see what we could do here in Heretaunga. We wanted to age a white wine in a barrel and not top it up so it developed a film – a “voile” (veil) as they say in the Jura – that would both lock-in and protect those oxidative notes.

It was also important, we felt, to keep the bright acidity typical of both the Jura and the Jerez/Sherry wines. So we took some of the wine freshly-fermented as Kōtare and put something like 230L of it into a 265L barrel. And we left it. And left it. And left it. For a year.

We didn’t get a thick film on the surface of the wine (to our disappointment we never had call to deploy one of those long barrel thieves used in Jerez to punch through the flor, or film, to get to the wine underneath) but we got a veil, and so veil it is called.

Blend: Sauvignon Blanc fermented with its skins (of which 40% was whole bunches) along with a touch of whole bunch Gewurztraminer.

Inspired by the great wines aged under flor or oxidatively. This is an experiment with a different way of aging our skin: fermented Sauvignon Blanc, the wine was drained off skins to an old 260L cigar barrel and left to age and evolve on ullage to see what would happen...

On the eye: On the nose:

On the palate:

Golden and amber hues.

Aromas of baked apple, hay, grapefruit peel and almonds.

Soft round entry, layers of citrus and feijoa fruit, lively focused acidity and oxidative notes with a dry pithy saline finish. Opens and evolves in the glass.

Halcyon Days wine is made with organic grapes from Biogro certified vineyards. The grapes are handpicked, naturally fermented, and bottled unfined, unfiltered, with no additions. We use time honoured methods to create striking wines that are a dynamic expression of Halcyon’s place: Heretaunga/Hawke’s Bay."

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