Region: The Omaka and Raupara Districts from Marlborough’s Wairau Valley
Accolades for this Wine:

* Winestate Magazine **** (Four Stars)

Enjoyable from the start.  Freshly herbaceous bouquet, leading into a mouthfilling wine with strong, ripe gooseberry and capsicum flavours, a touch of complexity and a crisp, lasting finish.

Tasting Notes: This elegant wine is produced from grapes grown in Marlborough's Wairau Valley region. A beautifully balanced wine with intense fruit characteristics.
Cellaring: Best enjoyed 1-2 years from release.
Wine Style: A combination of modern and traditional winemaking techniques has produced a wine with excellent fruit concentration, crisp acidity and generous texture. Ripe tropical and stonefruit aromas harmonise with capsicum and gooseberry characters. This wine is classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc in style, yet with enough subtlety to pair well with food.
Vineyards: This wine is produced from grapes grown in the renowned Omaka and Raupara regions of Marlborough.  Although both are located in the Wairau Valley, the soil structures and mesoclimates of the two areas are quite different.  The warmer, semi-infertile soils of the Omaka produce grassy, herbal flavours, while the warmer Rapaura region produces more tropical characters.  The result is a broad flavour profile, creating a wine of depth and interest.  The vineyards consist of predominantly young vines.  In 2008, this meant that ripe, balanced fruit could be harvested while the growing season was still warm and dry, sealing in the fruit intensity and flavour.

Care, with minimal intervention, was taken throughout the winemaking process, to ensure the vibrant flavours of the Marlborough Terroir are expressed in the finished wine. The grapes were machine harvested and pressed immediately to retain the delicate aromas. The juice was then cool fermented in stainless steel and allowed to rest on the yeast lees for several months to help impart further richness and texture. The wine is then bottled to retain freshness and fruit purity.


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