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Date Printed: 10/20/2014
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2003
(search item no. 76020)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 10/20/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2013 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2012 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2011 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 89 points
2009 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Lively and refreshing, with intense gooseberry, grapefruit and kiwi fruit on the nose and palate. Explodes with flavor - the essence of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Color: Pale straw / green hints Bouquet: Ripe tropical fruit especially passion fruit and melon. An extra hint of riverstone shows through Palate: Ripe flavours continue through. A subtle creamy note contributes richness and interest. The taught acid structure provides keen focus to the palate and balances the ripe tropical fruit flavours. The finish is powerful and reminiscent of passion fruit and melon.

At Spy Valley, emphasis on viticultural excellence creates wines that capture the essence of the environment and are classically Marlborough. Owning all our vineyards ensures total control of the winemaking process, true single vineyard estate production. Youthful, exuberant wines bursting with fruit flavour and aroma are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by our winemaker Ant Mackenzie, one of New Zealand's most experienced and a true expert at capturing the essence of the season.

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About Spy Valley:

The brand name Spy Valley is derived from the presence of a satellite communications monitoring station within a few kilometers of the winery. Situated on the sunny southern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley, nestled on the terraces of the Omaka River are the vineyards of Johnson Estate. Established in 1993 by the Johnson family, Johnson Estate was one of the pioneering vineyard companies in the Marlborough sub-region and remains family-owned. Eight varieties of grapes grow over 380 acres of free-draining, stony soils producing exceptional fruit for Spy Valley Wines. In ten years, production has risen to place Spy Valley as one of Marlborough's leading family-owned companies. Youthful and exuberant wines are crafted using modern winemaking techniques by winemaker Paul Bougeois and his team.