Southbank Estate - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011-13 - New Zealand 75cl Bottle

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Southbank Estate - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011-13
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The best Marlborough vintages are characterised by long, sunny days but most importantly by low rainfall. 2010 enjoyed just the right amount of rainfall at almost optimum times. The flowering finished amid the driest December in a decade and we picked some of the best Sauvignon Blanc we've seen in ten years.Capturing the essence of Marlborough's magic we source fruit from estate owned sites in both of Marlborough's distinct sub-regions the Wairau and Awatere Valleys. Vivid with a pungent tropical and herbaceous character the Wairau's personality contrasts the more restrained mineral infused streak of the Awatere Valley fruit. Approaching harvest it became clear that the crop would be about fifteen percent lighter than expected. In beautifully dry weather we harvested, block by block, over a full month, Arriving at the winery the fruit was gently crushed and quickly pressed so the free-run juice could be cool settled before fermentation. Long and cool, this was encouraged with yeast strains chosen to enhance the most attractive flavour nuances our vineyards infuse in every berry. Individually fermenting the various vineyard components enables each to shine while imbuing the final blend with Marlborough's dramatic personality in all of its vivacity. Fruit breakdown - 54% Awatere Valley, 46% Wairau Valley, Marlborough.

Anchored in the zesty, fresh end of the flavour spectrum the wine gains a resplendence of fine, bright and ripe acids rising up from its core. The superb season has fleshed this intensity out with fruit of terrific depth and definition. Aromas of fresh asparagus, lime and sunshine warmed grass clippings sit beautifully over less overt, yet exotic, notes of tree ripened grapefruit and red
capsicum. The mouth-filling immediacy tightens as the juicy acidity strikes the fruit into a long and aromatic finish.

Try with twice baked goat's cheese souffle or lemongrass steamed whole snapper.



Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Southbank Estate   -   www.southbankestate.com
ABV:   13%
Brand:   Southbank Estate
Country of Origin:   New Zealand
Grape Type:   Sauvignon Blanc
Region:   Marlborough
Residual Sugar g/l:   3.1
Vintage:   2011-13
Winemaker:   Matthew Mitchell

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Producer Information

Southbank Estate is a new venture established in 2000. It owns approximately 340 acres of vineyards. This high level of self-sufficiency enables it to control its grape quality and to focus on providing consistent ultra-premium wine at sustainable price points.
Its principal vineyards are situated in both Hawkes Bay and Marlborough. These are the largest and most proven grape-growing regions of New Zealand.
Southbank Estate produces predominantly for export markets, concentrating only on those varietals for which Hawkes Bay and Marlborough are renowned. Southbank prides itself on having the right people, the right land, modern wine practices and consumer-driven wine styles.
The Right Land - Southbank Estate has carefully selected and acquired both bare land and mature vineyards in those regions that have established reputations for the varietals best suited to the terroir.
In Marlborough it controls two estates.
Terrace Road - A 40-acre block situated in the renowned Wairau Valley with a flat topography. The soils are alluvial in nature and consist of silt loams overlaying river gravels. These soil types are typical of those associated with the production of high-quality Sauvignon Blanc.
The Confluence Vineyard - A 120-acre block situated west of Renwick in the upper Wairau Valley. This vineyard lies at the confluence of the Waihopai and Wairau Rivers. Soils are sandy silt loams on shingle with stones in the topsoil. It is predominantly planted with Sauvignon Blanc.
Hawkes Bay is made up of three estates.
Mere Rd and Omahu Rd - Situated in the renowned Gimblett Rd district, these three blocks combine 30 acres of gravels. The vineyards are planted with premium Syrah vines.
Kereru Rd - This estate of approximately 150 acres is situated in Mangatahi and lies north of the beautiful Ngaruroro River. Its dominating features are the four large terraces overlooking significant river flats. The soils are made up of free-draining, stony ground with topsoil that becomes light and fluffy in the drying north-west winds that predominate in this region. This estate is planted in Bordeaux varieties and Pinot Noir. Plans have been developed for planting aromatics on the gravelly river flats.
Southbank Estate has carefully chosen experienced leaders in viticulture, winemaking and wine marketing to create a market-driven culture and approach to best practice.
Matthew Mitchell (Principal Winemaker) - His is an internationally recognised name; a New Zealander with considerable experience in different wine regions.
John van der Linden (Principal Viticulturist) - Formerly with New Zealand's largest wine company, he has a wealth of experience in the regions where Southbank operates.
Noel Scanlan (Chief Operating Officer) - He has 30 years' experience in the wine industry, including significant knowledge of marketing and distribution in markets outside New Zealand.

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