Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
Mid straw, with lemon tones. Vibrant currant-leaf, citrus and gooseberry aromas, with freshly cut herb undertones. A full flavored, medium bodied wine, with an abundance of archetypal currant and gooseberry flavors, that linger on the dry, clean finish.
Summer salads, poultry and shellfish, such as Marlborough's famous green shell mussels, as well as lobster and white fish.
The Wine News - "Pale lemon yellow hue. Lively aromas of yellow fruit and stone fruit with soft herbal undertones. Bright acidity and a fine balance of minerals with green and yellow fruit. Cool-climate acidity and lovely, well-balanced citrus notes. Neatly melds New and Old World qualities."
Established in 1994 by Sue and Greg White and winemaker Simon Waghorn, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, family-owned winery with big aspirations. Sourcing fruit from its own estates and from 12 joint venture or contract growers across Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere valleys, Whitehaven quickly established a reputation for producing quality wines. From modest beginnings, the Company now exports wine, through exclusive agents, to Australia, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, and the United States. View all Whitehaven Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
Notable FactsThe region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New ZealandThe country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc (made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay and the ever-growing Pinot Noir.
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5 ratings, 5 with reviewsDavid Robinson - Spokane, WA35/7/2010Good New Zealaand Sav Blanc, the winemakers notes are pretty much right on, you can expect that wen you taste it. I put it on my wine list and personally for the price I would buy Kim Crawford (and KC sells better, a little cheaper) but all in all a good purchase.Mike Richards - Plano, TX47/17/2009I have tried several of the Australian whites including the Yellow Tail, but this was the first New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I recall trying. The scent (nose?) was dry and I could pick up the faint scent of kiwi and possibly some berries. Upon tasting, I really liked the lightness of the wine and the faint flavors of fruit.52/2/2010The most wonderful wine to pass your lips! Fun, delightful, and exciting!Johnny Jet - Trumbull, CT45/1/2009I've tried many, many different Sauvignon Blancs and this is my favorite, by far. Great balance, crisp acidity and super nose.34/27/2010Lots of NZ character. Grassy, gooseberry, great acidity. The finish is quite spicy with notable capsaicin which some will love and some will hate. Its a little too aggressive for my palate.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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