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Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
  • RP89
  • WS89
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Winemaker Notes

The nose is very aromatic displaying ripe passion fruit, tropical fruits and floral notes. The palate is exuberant and well fruited with a soft mid-palate and refreshing acidity. Savor with high jinks and convivial company.

Critical Acclaim

RP 89
The Wine Advocate

The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc has an attractive grassy nose with touches of gooseberry, lime and a touch of smoke. The palate is well balanced with ripe apply fruit, touches of orange zest and a little elderflower leading to another elegant finish.

WS 89
Wine Spectator

A panoply of classic Sauvignon flavors, starting with lime, gooseberry and passion fruit and picking up green mango notes as the light, deft finish goes on. Drink now. 20,000 cases made.

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Wairau River

Wairau River

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Wairau River, , New Zealand
Wairau River
Established in 1978, the Rose family estate vineyards are situated on the banks of the Wairau River. Low crops and ripe fruit produce wine that has become renowned for exhibiting intense fruit characteristics and classical elegance. “The philosophy that we pursue has always been one of elegance and fruit power with the foundation of the style being drinkability. We put a lot of store in the selection of flavors in the vineyard, subsequent small batch vintning and the final touches of the marriage are created at the blending table."

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A prestigious and distinctive region for red wines in northwestern Italy...

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A prestigious and distinctive region for red wines in northwestern Italy, Piedmont is responsible for some of the country’s longest-lived, most sought-after wines. Set in the foothills of the Alps, the terrain consists of visually stunning rolling hills. The most prized vines are planted at higher altitudes on the warmer, south-facing slopes where sunlight exposure is maximized. The climate is continental, with cold winters and hot, muggy summers. Despite the rain shadow effect of the Alps, precipitation takes place year-round, and a cooling fog provides moisture that aids in the ripening of grapes.

Easy-going Barbera is the most planted grape in Piedmont, beloved for its trademark high acidity, low tannin, and juicy red fruit. However, the most prized variety is Nebbiolo, named for the region’s omnipresent fog (“nebbia” in Italian). This grape is responsible for the exalted wines of Barbaresco and Barolo, known for their ageability, firm tannins, and hallmark aromas of tar and roses. Nebbiolo wines, despite their pale hue, pack a pleasing punch of flavor and structure, and the best examples, when made in a traditional style, require about a decade’s wait before they become approachable. Barbaresco tends to be more elegant in style while Barolo is more powerful. More affordable and imminently drinkable Nebbiolo can be found in the larger Langhe area as well as Gattinara, Ghemme, and other less-prominent appellations. Dolcetto is Piedmont’s other important red grape, ready to drink as quickly as Barbera but with lower acidity and higher tannin. White wines are less important here but can be high in quality, and include Arneis, Gavi, and sweet, fizzy wines made from Muscat.

ULL65333_2008 Item# 103033

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