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Date Printed: 9/23/2014
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2010
(search item no. 107218)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 9/23/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
2006 The Wine News rating: 88 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2002 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Soft in color with green hues, this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows tropical and citrus fruits along with attractive herbaceous/varietal characters on the nose. The palate is generous and fruit driven with classical Marlborough acidity giving a fresh, clean palate and passionfruit finish.
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About Matua Valley:

While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been produced, but they were committed to a new way.

Within a year the success of these wines was being noted. In 1975, the "Burgundy" won the first competition trophy for Matua Valley at the Royal Easter Show. A less publicized triumph was the impression the Sauvignon Blanc had made amongst the other winemakers, leading to the decision to include large quantities of this variety in the first vineyards to be planted in the now famous Marlborough region. In 1976 a new company, Matua Valley Wines Ltd was formed in partnership with another Auckland family, the Margans.

The new foundation allowed Matua Valley to put down more substantial roots, and in 1977, 25 hectares of land was purchased in the beautiful green Waikoukou Valley, 35 kilometers west of Auckland. A new winery was built on the crest of a low ridge overlooking the valley, and the first steps made towards landscaping gardens and establishing a visitors’ center were made.