Durvillea Sauvignon Blanc 2011
- New Zealand
- South Island,
- Durvillea by Astrolabe
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Oaked Style
- Body Style
- Medium bodied
- Dry / Sweet Style
- Alcohol Content (%)
- Closure Style
- Screw Cap
- Organic / Biodynamic
The northern tip of South Island has become New Zealand`s most important wine region since sheep farming and cherry orchards were first replaced with vineyard in the 1970s. Much of the land is alluvial river basin with well-drained soils that provide an ideal environment for pungent, grassy Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir from the more suitable clay slopes and Pinot Gris are also proving world-beaters.
A vivid green seaweed, known as Durvillea, waves from the sea along Marlborough`s rocky coastline, clinging to rocks at low tide. To the locals, it is known as Bull Kelp or Rimurapa. Our winemaker Simon Waghorn was drawn to Durvillea when studying toward a Masters of Natural Resources in 1980. He was planning to farm seaweed but changed course to undertake a career in winemaking. Its strong lines, shapes, textures and colours were the inspiration for this wine. It is symbolic of Simon Waghorn`s pure and complex wines from his acclaimed Astrolabe Winery.
His wife, Jane Forrest Waghorn recognised there is a market demand for a high quality, accessible wine.
The result is a strong distinctive brand, producing beautiful wines which come from sustainable vineyards and are environmentaly friendly.
Fruit was selected from the Wairau and Waihopai valleys and used in the Durvillea blend to give a lively aroma and full fragrance on the nose. Bright yellow glints on the colour precede a freshness and dry taste with lovely ripe aromatic flavours on the palate. These cooler coastal vineyards really deliver a lovely minerality and seemless dryness .This wine is full of purity and intensity of fruit with a strong mineral backbone and light lemony acidity. A medium bodied Sauvignon Blanc ; a classic example of the skill and expertise of winemaker Simon Waghorn.
Gooseberry falvours abound balanced with a light acidity and strong mineral finish.
A light easy drinking wine, it will go well with prawns, white fish and crab.
Bronze medal at the 2009 DWWA. Blue Gold and Top 100 Sydney International Wine Competition. Silver at San Francisco International Wine Competition and Silver at the International Wine Challenge. Silver at IWSC 2009. Silver medal Air New Zealand Awards 2009
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