Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
All fruit is carefully hand harvested and sorted before entering the winery gate. We gently press the grapes and cool ferment the juice in stainless steel vats to reflect and enhance the classic Sauvignon Blanc fruit character. Fifteen percent of this wine has been barrel fermented in new and old French oak barrels to give added texture, balance and increase complexity.
Martinborough Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is made in a riper, more complex style of new world Sauvignon Blanc. Our Sauvignon Blanc exhibits perfumed aromas of passionfruit and guava with tropical and vanilla notes on the nose. On the palate the ripe fruit character is beautifully balanced against creamy notes from the barrel fermentation portion creating a harmonious and balanced wine with great length and texture.
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and lively, with a pineapple edge to the grapefruit and lime flavors, lingering easily. Drink now."
International Wine Cellar - "Light yellow. Orange blossom and brown spices on the nose, with exotic hints of nut oil and tropical fruits. Rich, round and broad, with sexy orange and nutmeg flavors that are almost Meursault-like. Doesn't have quite the cut for outstanding but this is very satisfying. The finish shows a slightly dusty, almost tannic quality."
Martinborough Vineyard was founded in 1980, when five enthusiasts - Derek Milne, his brother Duncan, Duncan's wife Claire Campbell, Russell Schultz and his wife Sue - planted vines in the deep alluvial gravels. The arrival of Larry McKenna towards the end of 1985 added a winemaker and sixth partner to the venture and began what has become a Martinborough winemaking success story. It is a track record of consistent excellence which most can only marvel at. At a national level, Martinborough Vineyard has won gold medals or better for every Pinot Noir since 1986. In 1989, it won no less than five trophies at one show - for best Muller Thurgau, Riesling,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Best Wine. View all Martinborough Wines
About MartinboroughView a map of Martinborough wineries (mahr-tin-bore-ooh)
Situated on the southern tip of the North Island, Martinborough is just across the strait from Marlborough. Martinborough is a town, as well as a region within Wairarapa, which, in turn, is located within the region of Wellington. Just to add more confusion, Wellington is also the name of the city there, the capital of New Zealand. Sometimes the names of these three regions are interchanged, but know that all three names mean the wine has come from the bottom tip of New Zealand's North Island.
Notable FactsThe grape making the most splash from the area is Pinot Noir. It is the region's most planted variety and the one getting the most attention. However, being that it's the neighbor of Sauvignon Blanc land, Marlborough, it uses these climate similarities to produce delicious wines from that grape as well.
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.