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Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • WS89
13.3% ABV
  • WE89
  • WS88
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Winemaker Notes

The bright, pure flavors of Echo Bay's Sauvignon Blanc echo the spectacular beauty of New Zealand's South Island. Zesty citrus aromas lead to flavors of passionfruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry, followed by a clean, refreshing finish. It's exquisite on its own or paired with lighter fair.

Critical Acclaim

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Smooth and succulent, with a core of white peach, nectarine and apricot flavors, with details of white flowers and spice on the finish.
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Echo Bay

Echo Bay

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Echo Bay, Marlborough, New Zealand
When a grape and a place come together perfectly, what unfolds in the glass is magic. We’ve been growing Sauvignon Blanc on New Zealand’s South Island long enough to know it’s not exactly magic—it’s a force of nature. Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc comes from the Rapaura region—the very heart of Marlborough’s Golden Mile—where stony soils and brilliant sunshine bring this grape variety to the pinnacle of its expression.

Their Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown at Railyard Vineyard in Rapaura, a pristine, sustainably farmed site where the variety was first planted more than 15 years ago. Guided by legendary global winemaker and New Zealand native Nick Goldshmidt, we craft a Sauvignon Blanc that is bright, crisp and purely Marlborough. Proudly certified by Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand, ours is the only New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to earn Wine Spectator’s coveted “Top Value” designation back-to-back for two consecutive vintages.

Marlborough

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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.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the 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 (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

RRM52521_2012 Item# 139337