2012 Stratum Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1118287

Produced by the famed Sherwood Estate, the Stratum 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown in the Wairau Valley in the heart of Marlborough and some from estates in Waipara further south on the South Island's east coast. Harvested in the cool of the night to protect the grapes, the fruit was cool fermented over the course of four weeks to retain freshness and aromatic fruit characteristics. From the winery: "The Stratum 2012 Sauvignon Blanc shows rich gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit aromas with an edge of mineral complexity. The palate is lively and refreshing with a long, lingering finish." We think this is a very good example of NZ Sauv Blanc for an excellent price! This is a real staff favorite.

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By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/28/2013  | Send Email
One of our favorite SB's from NZ. The second wine of Sherwood delivers so much for its modest price tag. Picked at night to preserve acidity, this fresh bright wine brings it with fresh apple and pear notes, and great minerality.

By: Ryan Woodhouse |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/29/2012  | Send Email
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Back with a new vintage and again it's a huge HIT! This time the folks at Sherwood Estate have blended some of their estate fruit from Waipara with the Marlborough parcels, hence the wines "East Coast" designation. This $9.99 star is still all estate, fresh, citrus and mineral. A real limey acidity means this is great for seafood or just in place of pre-dinner margaritas! Cheers!
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Varietal:

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.
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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 (%): 12.5