Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Chief Winemaker: Tony Bish
At this time of year whether you are at home, on holiday or dining out - fresh fish is a popular choice. Plus due to the heat or in the case of Auckland the humidity - a cold glass of a refreshing wine is also high on the list of requests. So you can see why for this week I have chosen this bright Sauvignon Blanc to suit all these and more summer-time situations.
The 2010 vintage in Marlborough was a good year for intensity of flavour in Sauvignon Blanc grapes, plus many other aromatics grapes varieties. This lively white wine will nicely maintain Marlborough's position as one of the great wine regions of the world, producing fruit driven - early drinking styles of wines. The fruit for this wine came from selected parcels in the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. The juice was cold settled and then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. Minimal handling and careful batch selection at blending time by Tony and his team has produced this extraordinary wine.
In the glass you are greeted by a bright pale lemon straw colour. The bouquet has lifted citrus blossom floral notes with ripe tropical aromas mingling with lemon-grass and hints of guava. The palate is intense and mouth-filling with good depth of flavour. Ripe fruit salad and tropical notes abound with textural depth and an incredibly long finish. The overall effect is lively and the finish has a seamless purity. Serve at 8C.
Drinking perfectly well this summer; and well into 2011.
SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine match with seafood, chicken dishes, a goat cheese salad, or as an aperitif, enjoy.