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Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Single Vineyard 2011

Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, New Zealand
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Winemaker Notes

The 2010 Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a fresh, vibrant wine with great drinkability. The nose shows intense ripe tropical aromas with obvious Sauvignon Blanc varietal character. The highly concentrated palate enjoys a powerful intensity of up-front fruit followed by full long finish. It clearly reflects the initial impression delivered by the aromatics showing impeccable balance length of flavor. Drinking well now, this wine will also reward further cellaring for 2-3 years.

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Equally aromatic and delicious, this brims with honeysuckle, passion fruit and nectarine flavors that are generous, juicy, ripe and delicious. Shows focus and a wonderful acidity on a light body. Drink now. 900 cases imported.
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Tora Bay

Tora Bay

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Tora Bay, , New Zealand
Tora Bay
Over a thousand years ago Kupe and Ngake gifted the name Wairarapa to this remote area. Captain Cook first sailed the coast line in 1770, to be followed in the 1800's by the first European Settlers who arrived on foot with their flocks of sheep from Port Nicholson (now Wellington). Up until the 1930's all wool and stock left the area by sea. The Pacific Ocean and its abundance of sea life still dominate this wild and beautiful landscape. From this land and its beginnings the folks at Tora Bay find thier daily inspiration for Tora Bay wines.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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