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Murdoch James Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
  • WS89
12.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Pale straw with a slight green hue. Lovely refreshing green capsicum and ripe gooseberry aromas, with a herbal thread. Smooth textured with the vitality of flavor that New Zealand is famous for, followed by an array of dry, crisp & clean mineral flavors that build. Offers great texture, balance and depth.

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Lime, melon and pear flavors have a fresh green edge, with notes of lemongrass and parsley that linger on the juicy finish.
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Murdoch James

Murdoch James

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Murdoch James, Martinborough, New Zealand
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In the South Wairarapa valley on the North Island of New Zealand, in a small picturesque town, Murdoch James Estate is one of Martinborough’s pioneering wineries. It was established over 20 years ago when, Roger and Jill Fraser, first planted Pinot Noir and Syrah on the river-stone terraces of the region with the focus on producing wines of distinction. Murdoch James wines are named in memory of founder Roger Fraser’s father. Today, Roger’s son Carl Fraser is a winemaker.

Murdoch James Estate vineyards enjoy premium grape growing soil conditions with a mixture of calciferous lime, clay and river silts with a high mineral content. The action of the Australian tectonic plate, scraping the bed of the Pacific plate millions of years ago, gave rise to the limestone rich hills of the High Block Vineyard of Murdoch James Estate, Martinborough. The lime and clay based soils of the vineyard allows white wines a vibrant fruit flavor with a long, lingering, mineral finish, and red wines of complexity and character. True to their terroir, the wines of Murdoch James Martinborough are rich in flavor and elegant in structure.

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Martinborough

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Part of the Wairarapa region in the southern end of the country’s North Island, Martinborough is a bucolic appellation full of artisan, lifestyle wine producers. Above all else, their goals are to tend vineyards for low yields and create wines of supreme quality. Pinot noir is the main grape variety here, occupying over half of the land under vine.

Comparing topography, climate and soils, the region is nearly identical to Marlborough except that it produces top quality reds on the regular.

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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 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-Fumé. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California's style is fruit-driven, in either a soft and oak-aged or snappy and fresh version.

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 matches well with complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier 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.

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