Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
The wine is light straw in color with subtle green highlights. This wine displays lifted passionfruit and white-fleshed nectarine aromatics, with grapefruit and subtle sweaty notes. The palate shows balance, with ripe passionfruit flavors and complex minerality balanced by a tight, fresh acidity. This is a vibrant and lively wine.
This wine is best enjoyed whilst it is young and exuberant. Serve slightly chilled on its own or with delicate white meat or seafood dishes.
International Wine Cellar - "Very pale color. Subtle aromas of grapefruit, licorice and white pepper. In a juicy, fruity, lean style, with good cut to its ripe citrus flavor. Solidly made, fresh sauvignon with a crisp grapefruity finish."
Since the launch of the Stoneleigh Vineyard range in 1986, wines from every vintage have won awards. The exceptional success and quality of the range is due to both the unique terroir of the area and the outstanding skills of its winemaker. Stoneleigh Vineyard lies on the banks of the Wairau River in Marlborough. The low yielding stony soils, high hours of sunshine and cool winter months combine to produce a unique microclimate perfect for producing premium wine grapes. View all Stoneleigh 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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1 rating, 1 with reviewdebparr - Friendship, WI45/22/2013Torn between three & four stars on this one. First taste was not impressive, but allow this one to warm up a bit and it comes alive. Nice balance, pleasing finish and great citrus acidity that doesn't dominate. The bouquet is delicate. All is lost if this one is served too chilled. I enjoyed it on its own, my husband preferred it with food. We paired with grilled salmon and asparagus.
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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