Our single vineyard wine is genuinely aromatic; fresh, with subtler fruit, minerality, delicacy and elegance. These lighter characteristics do not at all detract from the intensity, depth and power of the wine. Zesty limes and juicy gooseberries are balanced by intense ripe passion fruit flavors.
This wine (or most of it) was the first fruit off our Muritai Vineyard with 72% from our youngest plants. The twist this year is that our Bordeaux clones shone and barged their way into our flagship wine for the first time, bringing complexity and that classic contradiction that makes Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc what it is Ripe green flavours. The sugar levels were a jot higher than perfect due to surprising increases during the two days between deciding to pick and taking the fruit off, but the resulting increased concentration of flavour brings intensity back to the 2008 level.
Blending two wines once again delivered intensity, complexity and fruit concentration. Minimal Intervention winemaking meant long fermentations - the young RG took seven weeks to ferment and the Bordeaux clones six, at temperatures as low as 10°C using VL3 yeast for breadth and varietal definition. Slow fermentation meant minimal 3 month lees contact. Residual sugar / acidity / alcohol balance is in line with the 2008 wine, which I consider our best to date.
Rich enough to match with white meats, tuna or swordfish but equally at home with white fish and seafood.
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.