Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
2004 is a milestone year for Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc, with the long awaited introduction of our first fruit from the Waihopai Valley. In isolation the fruit from the Waihopai Valley can produce wines that have bracing acidity and lifted citrus aromas, however when blended with the fruit from our Wairau Valley and the Awatere Valley vineyards it produces a wine with complex aromatics and great depth of flavour. Each of these valleys is a sub region within the greater Marlborough appellation and each provides its own valuable attributes to the final blend.
The Awatere Valley gives perfume floral aromas and a firm steely backbone to the palate. The Wairau Valley offers pungent tropical fruit aromas and luscious mid-palate weight, and the Waihopai valley contributes citrus/passionfruit overtones with bright acidity to keep the wine lively.
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.
The 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 Zealand
The 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
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.