Ara Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2014
The name Ara is both the indigenous Maori word for “pathway” and the Latin word for “altar”. And indeed, these wines lead us to a special place. The Ara estate lies at the elevated end of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough with all of the beneficial climatic influences that have made the region world famous. With strong sunshine, surrounded by vast cold ocean, Marlborough has become recognized internationally as a wine paradise creating distinctly fresh and vibrant wines that consumers continue to discover.
Part of the Todd family of businesses, one of New Zealand’s most successful companies with a family history dating back to 1884, Ara prides itself on a firm commitment to sustainability by minimizing its environmental footprint with certified sustainable winegrowing. Combining New World innovation with Old World experience, these are Single Estate wines. Single source origins commitment to sustainability by minimizing its environmental footprint with certified sustainable winegrowing. Combining New World innovation with Old World experience, these are Single Estate wines - single source origins.
Ara has full control over their grape quality and as an accredited member of Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand all wines are 100% sustainably produced.
In 2011, Jeff Clarke joined Ara. Jeff is recognized as one of the world’s most accomplished New Zealand winemakers, playing a key role in the development of Marlborough’s world famous Sauvignon Blanc, and emerging Pinot Noir, Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris wines from New Zealand.
An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.
The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.