Marlboroughs 1999 vintage was classic for Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is made from selected vineyards yielding ripe and intensely flavoured grapes. Its dense aromas of dried herbs and gooseberry lead to an abundance of invigorating and appealing flavours. The palate is crisp and clean, the flavours mouth-watering with varietal intensity. The wine is excellent while young with food and will taste well at four to six years old after a little bottle development.
Grove Mill Winery
Grove Mill was established in 1988 by a dedicated group of growers and investors who recognised the potential to develop a distinctive Marlborough style. Their mission was to make premium quality varietal wines that fully captured the delicious and unique fruit intensity of Marlborough grapes. In 1994, having outgrown its Blenheim winery, Grove Mill moved to the beautiful Waihopai Valley.
The distinctive Grove Mill style is largely achieved by a combination of lower cropping to intensify flavour, and the use of selected vineyards to provide complexity. Since its first plantings in 1988 Grove Mill has continued to pioneer vineyard management techniques. It utilises natural and sensitive vineyard practises to enhance the regional character of its wines, which foster and further develop the unique Grove Mill style.
Leadership and innovation are key to Grove Mill's success. Grove Mill was first to make Sauvignon Blanc a New Zealand Champion Wine of Show and first to plant Pinot Gris in Marlborough.
It can truly be said that Grove Mill wines are style makers not style followers. Grove Mill wines are full flavored, each style with its own distinctive personality.
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A few other New Zealand areas include the region of Auckland, high up on the North Island, Nelson, sitting to the west of Marlborough, and Canterbury, just under Waipara on the South Island. Most wines in New Zealand will come from a designated area and say so on the label.
Auckland was one of the first wine growing regions of the country, but now produces very little of New Zealand's wine. It's pretty wet up there so vineyards are planted in the driest spots possible – reds are most popular here. Nelson is the only region along the west coast of the country, producing Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Canterbury's chilly climate is best suited for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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.
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.