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Date Printed: 8/20/2014
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2005
Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 2005
(search item no. 92050)
screw cap wine

Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/20/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2011 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 The Wine Advocate rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
1999 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine shows lifted passionfruit and citrus notes. The palate exhibits the same fine fruit flavors with an underlying flinty notes typical of Awatere Valley fruit.

"Lime, mineral and green mango flavors mingle enticingly in this tart, lively wine, lingering on the beautifully formed finish, echoing with a hint of passion fruit."
Wine Spectator
91 Points

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About Vavasour:

The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of their ancestors is thought to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror. The rooster on the label is from the family crest, the emblem on the rooster is an indication of the family's lineage.The Vavasours arrived in New Zealand and established themselves in the Awatere Valley in 1890.

Nearly a century later in the early 1980's Peter Vavasour took a keen interest in the viticultural developments of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. After some research it was found that the climate and soils of the Awatere region were quite similar to those of the Wairau.

We are dedicated to the Awatere region and our philosophy is to concentrate on fruit grown in the area. Selected grapes are handpicked; this ensures that only the best fruit makes it into the bottle. Our vineyards are trained on the 'vertical shoot positioning' trellis. This form of trellising suits our growing conditions: it also makes it easier if we have to manipulate the canopy due to seasonal growing conditions. Between Glenn (winemaker) and Allan (viticulturist) every effort has been made to ensure that the vineyard and viticultural techniques are adapted to suit the conditions of the Awatere region. After all great wine is made in the vineyard. In all its viticultural techniques Vavasour have focussed on quality over quantity.