2011 Seresin Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1136256 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, pale yellow. Sexy, complex nose offers subtle stone fruit aromas complicated by pepper and spices. Supple and round yet also quite penetrating, with lovely inner-mouth perfume to the stone fruit and spice flavors. This juicy, complex sauvignon finishes suave and long.  (9/ 2012)

Jancis Robinson

 Zesty and focused and razor-sharp. Fruity rather than mineral but with great structure and I just about believe them when they say drink until 2016. Very well done! Real persistence and interest. Bone dry too. Obviously superior. Well done for taking so much trouble to raise themselves above the parapet. (17/20 points)  (5/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 89% Sauvignon Blanc and 11% Semillon, naturally fermented with 15% fermented in old French oak barriques, the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is intensely scented of ripe grapefruit, green guava and nectarines with hints of fresh sage and asparagus. Medium-bodied, it fills the mouth with tropical fruit and herbal flavors lifted by crisp acid, finishing with very good persistence.  (10/ 2012)

Wine Spectator

 The lime, grapefruit and floral notes are restrained, with plenty of spicy aromatics and pretty apple blossom notes. Features plenty of acidity to keep the flavors precise. Drink now. 300 cases imported. (Web-2013)

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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.
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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 (%): 13.5