Wairau River Reserve Sauvignon is a classy, full, yet restrained New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the Sancerre style, which comes from Phil and Chris Rose beautiful vineyards in Rapaura, Marlborough. What makes this Sauvignon Blanc stand out is its complexity, with nettles and lovely blackcurrant leaf aromas, coupled with a flintiness and light tropical fruit flavours. It is a textured, full flavoured Sauvignon Blanc with beautiful balance and excellent length. Wairau River Reserve Sauvignon Blanc has lovely ripe fruit and freshness at the same time; offering great value for this wine quality.
This wine has been made from small, interesting parcels of grapes on the Estate that have stood out during the season. They are harvested in the cool hours of the morning and left on the skins for 6 hours before gentle pressing. Following fermentation the wine is left on its lees for 2 months before bottling. This Sauvignon Blanc has 10% of barrel fermented Sauvignon in the blend, which provides a riper spectrum of tropical fruit to balance the flinty freshness, and a terrific mouthfeel.
Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers in the late 1970s when they planted the Vineyards near the banks of the beautiful braided Wairau River. Originally they grew grapes for other producers, like Cloudy Bay. In 1991 they decided to produce their own wine and started more extensive planting, building a winery in 2002. Today, they are joined by 5 children and extended family, making this one of the foremost 100% family owned vineyards, with some of the most mature vineyards, in Marlborough. The land bordering Wairau River is at the foot of the Richmond Range of hills; it enjoys long warm days and cold nights providing favourable conditions for growing quality grapes.
About the vintage
After the very wet 2018 season, growers welcomed the dry and sunny start of Spring, but it was cloudy and wet during the flowering periods in November and December. This was followed by a very hot and dry January and February. This resulted in a smaller crop of grapes, but the quality was high and 2019 was another early harvest with picking in March. Increased attention to detail from the viticulture team ensured that the grapes achieved optimal acid balance and sugar ripeness, as well as physiological ripeness. This has resulted in a clean elegant Sauvignon Blanc, that shows perfect natural balance and great texture.
Check out our competitive price; sells in some Independent Wine Merchants £14.99 – £17.99.
Food match: An elegant and poised Aperitif; Great with seafood including grilled Sea Bass, roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Asparagus, Chicken dishes, fresh Pea Soup.