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Date Printed: 4/27/2015
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2005
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2005
(search item no. 86883)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 4/27/2015: $17.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2006!

Distinctive aromas of gooseberry and passionfruit dominate with hints of lime and tropical fruits. Layers of tropical fruit flavours are enhanced by the well balanced and refreshing zingy acid and lingering seductive finish.

A wonderful match when served with New Zealand green shell mussels, served with a coriander broth lightly spiced with chilli.

Traditional crushing and destemming is undertaken before pressing and de-juicing, then immediate chilling to cold settle and remove any solids. The cold juice is then racked to stainless steel fermenters and warmed to ambient temperature before inoculation with selected yeast strains and cold fermentation. At the completion of fermentation, the wine is racked from the fermentation lees and stablised prior to early bottling to retain the fresh and vibrant characters. This wine has been sealed with Stelvin screw cap closures as an added assurance of flavour purity.

"Juicy, mouthwatering, vibrant with lemon, quince and mineral aromas and flavors, persisting impressively on the long, expressive finish."
-Wine Spectator

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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.