Legend has it that in the late 19th century, an Englishman visiting the Marlborough coast of New Zealand’s South Island reported seeing a monkey cavorting near a small bay within the larger (and now renowned) Cloudy Bay. Locals were skeptical because monkeys are not indigenous to New Zealand. The Brit, however, was adamant, so competing theories arose to explain the simian sighting.
Might the little imp have escaped from an American whaling ship that docked in Marlborough after stops in Africa or Indonesia? Or did the Englishman, addled by too much sun, or too much drink, mistake the native kiwi bird for a chimp? Whatever the real story may be, the idyllic spot became known as "Monkey Bay"—and so it is called to this day.
More than a century later, a few clever Kiwis put two-and-two together and from lush sauvignon blanc vineyards that had been planted nearby, they created a wonderfully fresh, world-class white wine called…Monkey Bay.
Like most secluded, pristine coastal areas in New Zealand,which often lie undiscovered by the majority of people, Monkey Bay is a very small, yet beautiful location tucked away on the Marlborough Coast. In close proximity to Monkey Bay you will find Rarangi, one of Nobilo Wine Group’s largest Marlborough vineyard sites. The Rarangi vineyard was planted with Sauvignon Blanc vines in 2000.
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The Sauvignon Blanc 2010 is pale lemon in color, with green tints and brilliant clarity.
This wine has a vibrant bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with hints of cut grass. A fresh, lively, approachable wine overflowing with ripe grapefruit, lemon and passionfruit and infused with delicate... more
Pale lemon in colour, with green tints and brilliant clarity.
Tropical fruit-driven aromas of pineapple and gooseberry complemented by
hints of pink grapefruit, capsicum, and cut grass.
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing, with vibrant flavors of
Light yellow in color, with green tints and brilliant clarity. A classic Marlborough bouquet of ripe citrus, tropical and herbal aromas. Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing, with vibrant flavors of ripe grapefruit, gooseberry and passionfruit. Showing excellent weight and length the... more
Light straw in color with brilliant clarity. A bouquet of ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Monkey Bay Chardonnay has been crafted in a charming, refreshing style, its rich, creamy texture balanced by lively acidity. Flavors of ripe grapefruit, melon and peach linger on the palate in a crisp, dry... more
Light straw in color with brilliant clarity. This Chardonnay possesses a bouquet of ripe tropical fruit of grapefruit, melon, and peach balanced with a subtle, creamy texture and a crisp finish. This is a lightly oaked style with means lots of lovely fruit without being too heavy. With a fuller... more