Daniel Schuster Sauvignon Blanc 2007
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Fruit for the Marlborough Sauvignon blanc was selected from premium sites on gravel soils of the region. Highly aromatic fruit is derived from hot sunny days followed by cool night temperatures.
Our style of cool climate Sauvignon blanc achieves a complete, well defi ned expression of the variety, region and its vintage year. It combines the purity of New Zealand fruit fl avors with the traditional dry style European concepts of classical, seafood wine structure.
International Wine Cellar - ""Pale color. Sancerre-like aromas of lemon, talc and white flowers. Juicy, spicy and sophisticated, with brisk lime and crushed stone flavors. Very pretty, balanced wine, finishing classically dry, understated and long. Conveys an impression of chalky soil. Perhaps a tad leaner but more penetrating than the excellent 2006 example.""
Daniel Schuster Winery
Established in 1986, Daniel Schuster Wines is a small, quality-focused producer of classically structured wines with individual character that reflects the unique growing conditions of our Estate vineyards.
The winery is located in the fast emerging wine producing district of Waipara in North Canterbury and our wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on our two estate managed vineyards; Omihi Hills Vineyard in Waipara and Petrie Vineyard in Rakaia, Mid Canterbury.
The unique environments of our Estate vineyards are ideally suited for the production of premium quality wine from Pinot noir and Chardonnay grapes. Wines under the regional "Canterbury" label are made in a supple style for earlier drinking while the "Selection" wines are made in only the best vintages to genuinely reflect our special terroir and are structured to reward longer term cellaring. View all Daniel Schuster Wines
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.