Carefully selected grapes from two of Marlborough’s most distinct Sauvignon Blanc sub regions give this 2017 Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc character and versatility. With grapes predominantly from the Awatere Valley, this wine boasts bright lifted aromatics and a mineral acidity that are classic features of the higher elevation and longer ripening season. This is balanced with a richness, hailing from fruit of the Wairau Valley just a few kilometres north- west, with milder temperatures, well-draining soils and clay slopes.
A pale straw nose, leading to vibrant melon and snow pea with just a touch of citrus, is the delightful result of selecting grapes from these two sub regions.
Waipara Hills winemaker Andrew Brown said he chose fruit from both areas of Marlborough to combine their distinct characters, delivering rounded fruit flavours, texture and zing – perfect for a versatile, food friendly Sauvignon Blanc.
“There’s some good richness and citrus flavours to this Sauvignon Blanc, but still plenty of zest to stay true to the classic Marlborough qualities one would look for when pouring a glass,” he said. “The intense mouthfeel, balanced with ripe and crisp notes and a bright refreshing finish is a great match alongside the fresh flavour of Vietnamese spring rolls with mint and zesty lime.”