Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc 2014
Made in Blenheim, the wine capital of New Zealand, Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc is produced by Paua Bay wines and is a carefully made blend of the best wines from selected vineyards. Capturing the spirit of New Zealand, Frenzy is crisp, refreshing, vibrant, aromatic and energetic with hints of peach, grapefruit, lime, melon and fresh cut grass. New Zealand produces what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc, so drink up the Frenzy. Rebecca Wiffen makes all of the wines at the Paua Bay winery. Rebecca began her winemaking career in 1997 working for Coopers Creek for three years. She then spent two years working as a cellar hand for various Marlborough wineries before heading overseas where she worked in the Napa Valley (2002) and then Alsace (2003). Rebecca joined Lawson's Dry Hills in 2004 before heading to France. Her first winemaker's role was with Domaine de La Vahnale and Domaine Croix Maro in Languedoc, France in 2005. She then returned to Lawson's Dry Hills where she brings great energy, enthusiasm and experience to the winemaking team. Rebecca is one of the winemakers at Lawson's producing all of Paua Bay's wines. Rebecca is married with two young children.
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.