2Hawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018
2Hawk Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Wine Enthusiast Magazine: 91 points, Editor’s Choice
Although part of the Rogue Valley AVA, the 2Hawk Estate Vineyard lies in an area known locally as the Bear Creek sub-basin. The two-layered bedrock beneath our soils consists of a shallow volcanic layer, the Roxy Formation, and a deeper, softer layer of alluvial sandstone, The Payne Cliffs Formation. The Klamath Mountains uplifting event, roughly 20 million years ago, began a long erosion process that resulted in our predominately volcanic soils, which are unique to the Rogue Valley AVA. An area of cobbled river rocks in our eastern section and a sandy streak of considerably younger colluvial deposit running through the center of our vineyard site distinguish 2Hawk from neighboring vineyards. Overall, we have some of the oldest soils in the valley and they are characterized as shallow silty- to clayey-loams that are moderately well drained with moderate to rapid runoff.
For 2018 our Sauvignon blanc vines gave us fruit like we have not seen previously. The aromatic and flavor intensity were simply phenomenal with razor-sharp acidity. We elected to barrel ferment a significant portion and couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Perfumed aromatics of mango, passion fruit, and grapefruit zest erupt as flavors of key lime, orange creamsicle, and flinty minerality build. We love the textural impact barrel fermentation that gives the wine a seamless, creamy texture that unfolds on the lengthy, dry finish. This is a wine to enjoy now through 2021 for its crunchy mouth feel that pairs wonderfully with lighter fare. We suggest a grilled radicchio and leek salad with sautéed lemon shrimp and honey-ginger vinaigrette.
Aging: 6 months sur lies in 40% neutral oak, 60% stainless steel
2018 was a textbook Rogue Valley Indian Summer vintage. The growing season saw a cool start into late Spring, but just as the vines began to bloom the weather turned slightly warmer, which resulted in even and above-average fruit set. Overall the summer was very similar to previous years, but notably free of heat spikes, which can cause uneven ripening. Summer went out with cooler than normal temperatures and we enjoyed beautiful and exceptionally dry ripening weather in September and October with 40-50 degree diurnal swings nearly every day. As the fruit reached complete physiological maturity while basking in the warmth of late season sun we began harvesting “The Winemaker’s Dream”; grapes that were absolutely bursting with ripe fruit flavors, beautiful natural acidity, and round, plump tannins. Our last fruit came in on November 9.
|Varietal Composition||100% Sauvignon blanc|