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Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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Hawkes Bay is usually associated with red wines, but it can turn out some pretty good whites. This sav blanc has lots of tropical pineapples, gooseberries, melons and citrus decorate the nose, along with hints of grassiness and yellow citrus, The palate is light and crisp, with citrusy and tropical flavours, a zippy line of grapefruity acidity, and a zesty, scrunchy finish. Great with some fish cocktails!

Winemaker's Notes

Waste no time getting into this little number, it doesn’t need more time in bottle to get any better.

We allowed the vineyards to do the talking, selecting grapes from various blocks with complimentary climatic and soil conditions to create interesting textures and flavours. The grapes are harvested, pressed, cold settled and racked ready for fermentation which happens in stainless steel tanks to retain optimal fruit freshness. 

Each parcel of fruit was given a unique dose of yeast to enhance and complements the individual flavours. Parcels were blended together to create a wine that’s totally expressive of the Hawkes Bay region.  Alcohol: 13.0%

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Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc

Expert Reviews

Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
An open book in terms of attractive tropical fruits that really sum up the sauvignon experience; not too herbal, more warmth and sweet tropical fruit fragrance here. The palate has a gentle grip and there's a decent spear of acid that cuts in nicely. Gooseberry through the finish.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
89
Michael Cooper (2009 Vintage) says
Consistently good and bargain-priced. The 2009 vintage is fresh, ripe and rounded, with satisfying depth of tropical-fruit flavours and a bone-dry, finely balanced finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
This has clean grassy aromas, citrus and guava, some passionfruit and mango in there too; really tropical. The palate blazes passionfruit flavour, pure and singular, neatly balanced with some softness through the finish -approachable and easy.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
90
Michael Cooper (2004 Vintage) says
This isn't a pungent, 'leap-out-of-the-glass style', but it delivers easy, moderately priced drinking. The 2004 vintage released on 19 May, was grown at Bay View, on the coast, and inland at Puketapu. It has a lifted, limey, appley bouquet, and a sliver of sweetness (5 grams/litre of residual sugar} in balance with tangy acids. It's a fresh, flavoursome wine with good immediacy.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2003 Vintage) says
This isn't a pungent, 'leap-out-of-the-glass style', but it delivers easy, moderately priced drinking. The 2002 vintage has good body and citrusy, ripely herbaceous flavours. The 2003 handled entirely in stainless steel tanks, is full-bodied, fresh and vibrant, with citrusy, appley, limey flavours and a smooth (off-dry) finish.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (2000 Vintage) says
A consistently satisfying wine, and good value. The 1999 vintage is fresh and lively, with impressive depth of ripe tropical fruit flavours, a touch of herbaceousness and good length. Pale lemon/green, the 2000 is fresh and buoyant, with strong, ripe melon/capsicum flavours and a smooth finish in a highly attractive, easy-drinking style
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
Michael Cooper (1999 Vintage) says
A consistently satisfying wine, and good value. In its extreme youth, the 1999 vintage looked easily the best yet, with good varietal punch. Fresh and lively, it's a very clean and delicate wine with impressive depth of ripe passionfruit/lime characters, a touch of herbaceousness and good length. Very charming.
Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; there is ripe and generous gooseberry fruit on the bouquet which is of medium to full intensity. A nicely weighted and styled wine on the palate, again with predominant gooseberry flavours (and no passionfruit) and a touch of grip to the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
86

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