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Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2010

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

The Paretai Sauvignon Blanc is bright straw in color with a green hue. The spicy, vibrant tropical fruit aromas are complimented by lime zest and nashi pear with a mineral finish. The palate is rich and full, with a satisfyingly long finish.

Pair with Blue Fin Tuna steak seasoned and seared each side, served rare with fresh lime juice, olive oil, avocado, red onion & tomato.

Critical Acclaim

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The Wine Advocate

The 2010 Paretai Sauvignon Blanc gives intense aromas of freshly chopped herbs, mown grass and gooseberries with nuances of lemon zest and wet pebbles. Medium bodied, it offers a generous amount of gooseberry, stone fruit and herbal flavors in the mouth with refreshing acidity and a long finish. Drink it now through 2013.

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Matua Valley, , New Zealand
Matua Valley
While Bill and Ross Spence were the sons of a winemaking father, but decided not to follow his winemaking path. They began in a ragged tin shed in West Auckland, in 1974. The wines they released from that first vintage immediately placed them amongst the leading group of innovative winemakers. Chardonnay and Gamay Teinturier were not common varieties in New Zealand at that time, and it was the first time Sauvignon Blanc had ever been produced, but they were committed to a new way.

Within a year the success of these wines was being noted. In 1975, the "Burgundy" won the first competition trophy for Matua Valley at the Royal Easter Show. A less publicized triumph was the impression the Sauvignon Blanc had made amongst the other winemakers, leading to the decision to include large quantities of this variety in the first vineyards to be planted in the now famous Marlborough region. In 1976 a new company, Matua Valley Wines Ltd was formed in partnership with another Auckland family, the Margans.

The new foundation allowed Matua Valley to put down more substantial roots, and in 1977, 25 hectares of land was purchased in the beautiful green Waikoukou Valley, 35 kilometers west of Auckland. A new winery was built on the crest of a low ridge overlooking the valley, and the first steps made towards landscaping gardens and establishing a visitors’ center were made.

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The Napa Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon are so intrinsically linked that it is difficult to discuss one without thinking of the other. Although Cabernet has many important outposts throughout the wine world, nowhere else has it achieved such success (and, at the highest end, commanded such lofty prices) than in Napa. Here, it is responsible for bold, opulent, and dark-fruited wines with grippy tannins and a healthy dose of alcohol. The best examples can age for decades. Each of Napa’s smaller sub-AVAs imparts a different character to Cabernet, such as Rutherford’s famous dust or Stags Leap District's tart cherry flavors.

GZT3221417_2010 Item# 113789

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