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Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

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 palate balances intense fruit qualities with fresh, zingy acidity.

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Monkey Bay, , New Zealand
Monkey Bay
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 perfect intersection of bright fruit and savory earthiness, Sangiovese is the backbone variety in Tuscany. While it is best known as the chief component of Chianti, it reaches the height of its power and intensity in the complex, long-lived Brunello di Montalcino. Elsewhere throughout Italy, it can make inexpensive wines for daily consumption ranging from inoffensive to deliciously easy. On the French island of Corsica, under the name Nielluccio, it produces excellent bright and refreshing red and rosé wines with a personality of their own. Sangiovese has also enjoyed moderate popularity in California and Washington State over the last few decades.

In the Glass

Sangiovese is a medium-bodied red with savory flavors of tart cherry, plum, tomato, fresh tobacco, anise, thyme, oregano, and dried earth. High-quality, well-aged examples will take on notes of smoke, clay pot, leather, gamey meat, potpourri, and dried fruits. Corsican Nielluccio is distinguished by a subtle perfume of dried flowers.

Perfect Pairings

Sangiovese is the ultimate pizza and pasta red—its high acidity, moderate alcohol, and grainy tannins create an affinity with tomato-based dishes, spicy meats, and anything off the barbecue.

Sommelier Secret

Although it is the star variety of Tuscany, cult-classic “Super-Tuscan” wines may contain no Sangiovese at all! Since the 1970s, local winemakers have been producing big, bold wines (with price tags to match) that are typically monovarietal or a blend of one or more of several international varieties—usually Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, or Syrah—with or without Sangiovese.

SOU102860_2008 Item# 99473

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