A classic representation of Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley in Marlborough, bursting with aromatic tropical fruit characters found in this warmer sub-region. During the summer months, dry nor-westerly winds and cool overnight temperatures influence the vineyard micro-climate in the Wairau Valley producing pungent Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
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The wine displays powerful aromas of blackcurrant, boxwood and grapefruit. The palate has an enticing array of ripe tropical fruits mixed with dried herbs such as rosemary, finishing with fresh zesty acidity.
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Vineyards and Winemaking
Colder weather in spring led to a longer than usual flowering season, resulting in a looser bunch structure and smaller bunches. Summer temperatures were unusually mild for Marlborough, regulated by cooler easterly breezes and light cloud cover. Intermittent autumn rains slowed ripening which meant our harvest plans had to be flexible whilst we waited for dry weather periods and classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc flavours to develop. All 2017 harvest decisions were made in the vineyard, the most concentrated and expressive Sauvignon Blanc sites showcased dried herbs and ripe summer fruits with fresh acidities.
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve Wairau Valley is loaded with passion fruit aromas. It's the more tropical and flamboyant of the two Reserve Sauvignon Blanc bottlings, with a plump mid-palate, medium body and slightly creamy finish. 92 pointsJoe Czerwinski, Wine Enthusiast