Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Pale straw gold. Intensely aromatic and fragrant aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, and rock melon with subtle citrus notes providing a further lift. This wine displays real fruit intensity without being aggressive. Rich ripe flavors meld with tropical and citrus nuances. It has a crisp mouth feel, is well balanced with an elegant, long finish.
International Wine Cellar - "Very pale yellow. Pungent yet subtle aromas of lemon and jalapeno pepper. Densely packed, pliant and ripe, with serious breadth to the racy, soil-driven flavors of citrus, pepper, spices and stone. This really spreads out to dust the entire mouth. Finishes aromatic and quite pure, with lovely stony length."
The Goldwater Estate was established in 1978 by Kim & Jeanette Goldwater when they pioneered winegrowing in New Zealand on Waiheke Island.
Using traditional winemaking techniques, together with modern technology and the finest French oak, the Goldwaters produce handcrafted wines with vibrant fruit characters, harmonious balance, elegant structure and exceptional concentration.
The Goldwater family is dedicated to producing handmade wines with outstanding character and finesse. View all Goldwater Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
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.