The Hermit Ram Skin Contact Sauvignon Blanc 2020
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By far our most popular Orange wine, The Hermit Ram is a perfect wine for those new to the Orange side as well as dedicated fans of the stuff. Theo Cole, the man behind Hermit Ram calls his style of winemaking “pre-technology”, a reference to the fact that there are almost zero inputs in any of the wines that he makes.
The fruit comes from tiny vineyards throughout the Canterbury region of New Zealand. With some of the country’s most diversified land formations, from the volcanic Banks Peninsula to the clay and limestone soils of the Waipara and Waikari valleys, the region lends itself to highly varied and interesting soil types. This along with its cool, long and sun-drenched growing season produce impressive, concentrated wines with a deep streak of acidity and minerality.
All the vines are organic or biodynamically farmed. Old techniques are employed and Theo's gentle hand and immense talent are evident. This is a wine of depth, complexity, individuality and most importantly, drinkability.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs’s tropical juiciness is a perfect match for the earthy and spicy flavors that skin contact brings. Tropical aromatics and tangerine oil jump from the glass tinged with a salty flinty aroma and asian spice. Skin-contact produces a palate that restrains the tropical juiciness in a core of texture and salinity. The textural richness is washed over by the fresh and balanced acidity keeping everything crisp and snappy. This is an elegant and uniquely delicious bottle.