2008 Brancott Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1048390

92 points and one of the Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2009: "This is crisp, offering a lively mouthful of peach-accented grapefruit and mineral flavors, all hanging on effortlessly through the long, graceful finish. Drink now." Brancott planted the first commercial vineyard in Marlborough and produced their first Sauvignon Blanc in 1979. In 1995, they were among the founding members of the original sustainable winegrowing initiative. They have gone on to become one of the largest producers of wine in New Zealand with a broad portfolio of wines ranging from entry level, to reserve to a "terroir" series. From the stellar 2008 vintage, they have fashioned a classic Marlborough "savvy." The fruit for this Reserve wine was sourced mainly from the Brancott vineyard in the southern part of the Wairau Valley along with some fruit from the Awatere Valley. Most of the grapes harvested were crushed and left with the skins for a few hours to extract strength and richness of flavor. The remainder was gently pressed to achieve fresh, clear, elegant juice. A slow cool fermentation followed to retain regional and varietal character. The bouquet explodes with notes of gooseberry, lime blossom, lemon zest and red pepper. On the palate, the wine shows exquisite balance with a rich, full mid-palate complemented by mineral notes, vibrant acidity and a long, refreshing finish. This is truly a wine worthy of the "Reserve" designation. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L Merchants NZ buyer)

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5