Hints of gooseberry, bell pepper, lime, passionfruit and tropical fruits with a lovely flintiness for balance.
Drink alongside some grilled veggies, artichoke, or any type of green salad.
Organic Farming Practices.
Sauvignon Blanc, a very recognizable white wine that is popularly dry, refreshingly zesty, and has strong, fruity and herbal characteristics. Ever hear of the term “pyrazines?” It’s a term noting the strong herbaceous flavors that are derived from compounds called Methoxypyrazines. These compounds are also found in bell peppers!
A flagship varietal to the Loire Valley in France (Sancerre) and New Zealand, the Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand tend to be more aromatic and have tropical fruit notes than those from the Bordeaux or Loire Valley regions in France. Usually fermented in stainless steel vats, Sauvignon Blanc gives a clean, crisp flavor with occasional mineral notes, but no characteristics from oak, like you would normally see in a grape varietal like Chardonnay. However, look out for Fumé Blanc, this style of wine is an oaked-version of Sauvignon Blanc.
Situated on the north end of the south island in New Zealand lies the infamous and marvelous Marlborough region. As a pioneering wine district, Marlborough is probably the most revered wine-producing region in this small country, accounting for 62% of all wine produced in New Zealand. Marlborough is quintessential white wine territory and a wine lover’s dream destination. Although many associate this region with the white grape variety Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough is also producing a wide range of other varieties including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. Wines produced here are known for their vivacious and intense aromatics and flavors. With more than 150 wine producers, there is truly something for everyone.
Twenty-five years ago Rod McDonald arrived in Hawkes Bay with everything he owned packed into the back seat of a small car. He got a job working as a cellarhand, cleaning the winery floor and scrubbing the inside of tanks. The rest is history. He learned everything he knows through experience and hands on work. Today he makes some of the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc we have come across and has a team of 5 working under him. Hard work really does pay off!
“Wildflowers blooming between the vines signal something natural is happening in our vineyards. These vineyards have a harmony, an energy and uniqueness about them that we believe you can taste in our wines. Growing wildflowers encourages beneficial insects and creates wildlife above and below the ground helping to create a diverse and complex eco-system, which in turn helps grow healthy vines and grapes with natural resilience. This is the basis of sustainable and organic grape growing, maximizing nature’s own strengths by managing our practices to ensure a pristine growing environment.”