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Eradus Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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13% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc displays a pungent array of tropical fruit aromas and enticing floral notes. The palate is all about power, balance and richness, providing a wide range of ripe fruit characters from passionfruit and white currants to stone fruits. The wine's tropical notes are nicely balanced by an herbaceous and mineral backbone that can be attributed to the wine being 100% Awatere Valley. This wine is completed by exciting and racy acidity with a crisp lingering finish.

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Eradus continues a successful run with this year's Sauvignon Blanc. As usual, it's fairly pungent and herbal upfront, but then delivers waves of passion fruit. It's concentrated and fairly full-bodied for a Sauvignon, with a lingering finish.
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Eradus

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Eradus, Marlborough, New Zealand
Emigrating from Holland in 1982, Har, Sophie and the Eradus kids settled in Auckland. After being in the flower business for 20 years the decision was made to sell up and semi-retire to a new lifestyle; a vineyard in the Awatere Valley.

Upon development completion and launching the Eradus wine labels with a 2002 Sauvignon Blanc, Har and Sophie concluded that a 30 acre vineyard was a proposition far from semi-retirement.

In 2004 Hanna and Michiel took over the reigns.

Apart from finding and developing the vineyard, launching our label and providing a solid platform for a great wine company, Har and Sophie also came across what is now our company logo. When clearing out the old shed Sophie found the door of an old "pot belly" stove. On this stove was embossed a logo. Upon looking carefully they could see the letters H, S and E--Har, Sophie and Eradus.

It was meant to be.

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.

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