About This Wine
From the Home Block dating back to 1990, these grapes are from some of the oldest Pinot Gris vines in Marlborough. Harvested in the cool hours of the morning they were gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel vats. A small parcel was fermented and aged in older French oak to add texture and palate weight. After blending the wine was left to settle before bottling on the Wairau River Estate. The pure age of these vines give the wine texture and palate weight. It is rich, floral and fleshy with mouth-filling, pear, crisp apple and spice flavours.
Wines of Marlborough
Marlborough is at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and is the leading region in the country, being responsible for 75% of NZ’s wine production and 85% of its exports. Marlborough is internationally renowned for its distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc, described by some wine writers such as Oz Clarke and George Taber as the best in the world. Australia being such a close neighbour, we get a great number of brands imported into the country.
Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough is grown on well-draining alluvial gravels, with large temperature fluctuations between day and night. These conditions are great for growing grapes that strike a perfect balance between ripeness and acidity. The result is sauvignon blanc that is aromatic, driven by tropical fruit flavours but also supported by an herbaceous and mineral character. Aussies often described Marlborough Savvy Blanc as full of passionfruit flavour.
Despite many consumers having an idea of what Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is, the wine is actually made in a wide range of different styles. Wine makers take advantage of different clones, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to give their wines nuance and differentiate their brand from one another. You may have had sauvignon blanc from Marlborough before, but it is always worth exploring some not so commercial brands if it is a style you enjoy.
Other varieties that are produced in the region include Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
World Wine – Fruit from the home; block, from vines dating back to 1990 planting, cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a portion in seasoned French oak to 14.0% alc. and 3.5 g/L RS. Brilliant stra-yellow colour with a suggestion of blush at the heart, pale on rim. This has a full and broad nose of bright and aromatic yellow stonefruits with nuts and kernels, along with exotic florals and spice notes. Dryish to taste and medium-full bodied, luscious flavours of stonefruits, florals and honeysuckle fill the mouth, forming a solid, rounded core. The wine is robust with good weight and presence, with subtle textures and soft acidity balancing the fruit. As the wine flows, the phenolics grow, leading to a soft, textured, dry finish. This is a full and robust dryish Pinot Gris with lush flvours and a dry, textured finish. Serve with most white meat dishes and Middle Eastern fare over the next 3-4 years.