Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
This wine offers an intense lifted nose of ripe tropical fruits and citrus. The wine is re fined and e legant, displaying a finely textured palate with flavours of guava and stone fruit. Wonderfully expressive with a dry refreshing finish this wine is best savored with high-jinks and convivial company.
Wine Spectator - "Nicely done, with Asian pear, lemon-lime, ripe peach and melon flavors that have a terrific fleshiness, with bright acidity and plenty of nuances. Drink now. 6,000 cases imported. "
Wine Enthusiast - "A medium-bodied, creamy-textured rendering of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with notes of tropical fruit and clementines balanced by hints of struck flint and red bell pepper. Finishes soft and easy. Drink now."
International Wine Cellar - " Pale color. Green pepper and spices on the nose. Then supple and rather soft on the palate, with lime and pepper flavors dominating. This is almost creamy, but the persistent finish shows some slightly spiky acidity."
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Wairau River Winery
Established in 1978, the Rose family estate vineyards are situated on the banks of the Wairau River. Low crops and ripe fruit produce wine that has become renowned for exhibiting intense fruit characteristics and classical elegance. “The philosophy that we pursue has always been one of elegance and fruit power with the foundation of the style being drinkability. We put a lot of store in the selection of flavors in the vineyard, subsequent small batch vintning and the final touches of the marriage are created at the blending table." View all Wairau River 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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