Brancott Estate B Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
The Brancott Estate Letter Series 'B' is a single vineyard wine that displays fresh grapfruit and peach notes, with all fruit being harvested from Brancott Vineyard, home of Marlborough's first Sauvignon Blanc plantings.
The southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley is cooler and drier than the northern side. The soils are much older and more structural with higher clay and nutrient content than those on the northern side of the valley. Brancott Vineyard is typical of this soil type and gives rise to Sauvignon Blanc wines that are flavoursome, textural and have a vibrant, greener edge.
Wine Spectator - "Fresh grass and green tea notes are impressively woven with flavors of Meyer lemon, melon and grapefruit, which are joined by a bracing acidity and plenty of gusto on the finish. Drink now."
The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman. View all Brancott 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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