Hunter's Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
This classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows a mixture of citrus, capsicum and ripe tropical fruit aromas. These aromas carry onto the palate which is crisp, multi layered and has a long lingering finish – a very well balanced wine.
Wine Spectator - "Soft and juicy, with mouthwatering balance to the pear and grapefruit flavors, hinting at pineapple as the finish goes on. Drink now."
Jane Hunter, OBE, has been owner, viticulturist and managing director of one of New Zealand's better known wineries - Hunter's Wines - since 1987. During this time she has won national and international acclaim for her contribution to the New Zealand wine industry, expanded her vineyard 2½ times and increased annual output to around 40,000 cases of wine, a third of which is exported. View all Hunter's Wines
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
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.