Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Full nose showing tropical passion fruit, pineapple and stone fruits with some green apple and just a touch of fresh grass in the pungent style that defines Marlborough. An outstanding intensity on the palate explodes with refreshing lemon-lime and tropical fruits enhanced by well-balanced acidity and finishing with a long, clean finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "Driven by bold pineapple and passion fruit aromas, this medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc boasts a smooth mouthfeel and silky texture."
Long Boat Winery
New Zealand's Marlborough region is one of the world's most remarkable places to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Marlborough is still being defined as intrepid growers reach for higher ground. Our viticultural approach focuses on high-elevation vineyards south of Wairau Valley in the exposed, windswept ridges of more remote Awatere and Waihopai Valleys. It's astonishing that anything could ripen in the harsh climate of these rugged, barren hills. While most wineries prefer the safety of the vigorous Wairau flats, we're committed to exploring emerging vineyards and unleashing the intense flavours from low-yielding, high-altitude sites.
Our name, Long Boat, is inspired by Polynesian explorers who reached New Zealand over 800 years ago in long boats made to travel across thousands of miles of turbulent ocean. Their adventurous journeys constituted unbelievable feats of courage and intelligence. Inspired by their story of risking all for a new world, we've ventured beyond the tide of conventional Marlborough viticulture by sourcing fruit exclusively from hillside vineyards. View all Long Boat Wines
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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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.