Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Color: Pale straw.
Bouquet:Lifted fruit aromas of passionfruit, and grapefruit with a background citrus character. Complex mineral and sweet pea notes add interest.
Palate: Generous and supple with abundant tropical fruits. Initial fruit sweetness is balanced by fine acidity to leave a mouth-watering finish.
Wine Spectator - "This is bright, lively and distinctive for its apricot, lime and tangerine flavors, which zip nicely through the long, vibrant finish. Drink now."
Spy Valley Winery
The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team. View all Spy Valley 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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14 ratings, 10 with reviewsJ Maccord - Portland, OR47/4/2013Joe Harbison - Columbus, OH410/30/2010Citrus TasteChris Poole - New Providence, PA59/16/201146/24/2011111ImNumber1 - Cambridge, MA46/16/2011
Actually, 3.6 stars. Color, this wine has a nice clean color. It is a little be darker than the regular sauvignon blanc I would get from Australia. On the nose, there a lot of fresh tropical fruits going. I am picking a lot of grapefruit, kiwifruit, pineapple, clean fresh melon, and some grassiness, lime and lemon, very bright nose. Midpalate, very crisp, light, clean, some pears coming through, refreshing. Finish, this wine has a nice decent finish. It is very crisp and lemony. It makes you think of lemon and lime a lot! Some kiwifruit component is coming through. This is a nice summer afternoon wine. Very green, well balanced, nice acidity. It doesn't have that sauvignon blancy cat pee component, which is strange. It is bottled at 13%. I like this wine. It would play off beautifully with sushi and some goat soft cheeses. I am 90 pts on this effort. Happy drinking!Jenni P - Princeton, MN42/17/2011I loved everything about this wine! The aroma was great and the flavor was fantastic! I have never had a Sauvignon Blanc that I loved before so I was very pleasantly surprised! I am definitely going to get this wine again!eCo - Spring, TX41/18/2011This was a stellar SB. Perhaps a hair on the acidic side, but with a pleasing robust flavor and a long finish. I think this wine would really stand out with mollusks such as clams or oysters, but it did quite well with my salsa-smothered cod.41/18/2011It had a subtle apple taste. very good. not too sweet.Feng - Washington, DC57/23/2010It was quite pleasant, with a strong bouquet of guava, and a lighter taste of passion fruit and a hint of kiwi and apple. Ordered a few more times and tasted with friends on different occasions. Consistent experience: a refreshing, smooth, and fruity white for the summer. 90.Elaine Griffin - Amston, CT410/8/2010Extremely delicious. I am very fond of Sauvignon Blancs and this one is at the top of my list!bill33n - Amarillo, TX47/22/2010I ordered this bottle just on a whim and It would be hard to get any luckier. Very nice to sip with a great finish. Great with fresh fruit and kight sea food. I will have more in my cooler soon for an upcoming dinner.53/25/2010Just the right amount of floral and spice in a very refreshing wine.Rachel Mercer - Prosser, WA54/9/2010Very interesting yet classic kiwi marlborough sauvignon blanc. Great tropical fruit notes, back by clean mineral qualities and those pleasant 'green' notes. Love it.
- Light & Crisp
- Pair With
- Cheese > Goat
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.
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