2016 Auntsfield Estate "Single Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc Southern Valleys Marlborough

SKU #1314182 98 points Decanter

 **Highest Rated Premium NZ Sauv Blanc** Beautifully poised and extravagant, with Sauvignon personality...classic mix of fresh and dried herbs fine citrus and tropical passionfruit and peach hints. It's also showing impressive purity and length. Yum! (CB/BC/MB)

93 points Bob Campbell

 Rich and flavoursome sauvignon blanc with tropical fruit, passionfruit, guava and apricot flavours, plus a seasoning of subtle nutty yeast lees character. Quite a mouthful. Good food wine.

91-92 points Sam Kim

 Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues. The nose is full and gently voluminous with aromas of passionfruit and tropical fruits lifted by fresh herbs and some fermentation esters, building to form a soft, deep core. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate features a softly fresh and up-front, luscious array of pungent passionfruit, tropical fruit, herb, floral aromas along with some fresh fermentation esters elements. The mouthfeel is rich, juicy and plush, the fruit balanced by fine textures and mouthwatering acidity. This has good weight and presence, the flavours filling the palate from the deep heart and core. The wine carries to a long and sustained finish of passionfruit and lifted aromatic herbs. This is a softly full and luscious, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with good weight and presence, fine textures and softly ripe acidity. Match with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Predominantly cool-fermented in stainless-steel, with a portion hand-picked, WBP and fermented in seasoned oak to 13.0% alc.

K&L Notes

Winery Notes: "Auntsfield continues the proud heritage of Marlborough’s first vineyard and winery established in 1873. Our Single Vineyard wines are made from grapes grown at Auntsfield Estate. Each wine shows the distinctive characteristics of ripeness, texture and minerality qualities unique to the ancient Greywacke rock and Loess clay soils of the vineyard. Auntsfield Estate aims to produce a distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc. The style is aimed towards texture, complexity and length, balancing the typical Marlborough fruit spectrum and aromatics with richness and mouth feel. The 2016 Sauv Blanc displays lifted and pure aromas of fresh passionfruit, ripe citrus and lime. Notes of dried herbs, lemongrassand blackcurrant add pungency and intensity to the aromatics. On the palate it is powerful, tight and elegant. This wine displays intense ripe fruit flavours of passionfruit juice and white peach, with citrus notes of lime and mandarin pith. The palate has intense concentration and generous weight, balanced by an underlying minerality and tight structure to shape a wine with lively tension and textural balance."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2017 | Send Email
What's really unique about this Savvy is it comes from the Southern Valleys in Marlborough. This area is unique in that it is predominately clay, which holds more heat than gravel soils. This brings more richness, texture, and energetic fruit quality to the wine. Juicy, fresh, and lively, this Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect antidote to the late Summer heat. This is an easy sipper that also happens to have multiple layers of flavor from the soils and neutral oak aging, which makes it all the more fun to drink. This is one white I'll be drinking running into the Fall.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2017 | Send Email
Just when I think our buyer Ryan Woodhouse can't outdo himself, he raises the bar yet again for value in the New Zealand category. This is stunning Sauvignon Blanc with huge press and huge flavor for a ridiculous price thanks to our direct purchasing. Cutting out the middleman here has resulted in sub-$20 juice that is surprisingly unctuous and round for what I was expecting. This is not your grapefruit-laden, super herbaceous NZ Sauv Blanc. This is on another level in terms of nuance and complexity with layer upon layer of stonefruit, minerality, and tropicality. Again, the price of admission is crazy.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/1/2017 | Send Email
This phenomenal vineyard is immaculately tended by the Cowley family. The wine has all you’d expect in juicy citrus fruit, white peach, passion fruit and currant leaf. There is also lovely texture from the low yields, clay-rich soils and small portion of fruit that is fermented in neutral French oak. Auntsfield have been on my radar for years so I was delighted to see Decanter Magazine rated their 2016 Sauv Blanc as highest scoring premium NZ Sauvignon Blanc with a whopping 98 points issued by the multi Master of Wine / Master Sommelier panel of reviewers! Our importer direct relationship means we can bring you this benchmark example of Marlborough SB at the shockingly reasonable price of $15.99!!!
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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 (%): 13