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Date Printed: 12/19/2014
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2009
Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2009
(search item no. 105315)
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International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
PRICE ON 12/19/2014: $21.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The Paretai Sauvignon Blanc is bright straw in colour with a green hue. The fresh, vibrant aromas of Fuchsia, lime zest and Nashi are underpinned with nettle and mineral notes. The palate is rich and full, with a tropical fruit kick to 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.