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Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc

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The life of Riley looks like an enviable one. Making wine surrounded by the Richmond ranges in the Wairau Valley, this is where the legacy of kiwi Savvy was born. It’s the heart of Marlborough and who’d have known back in the 80s that this grape was going to be such a hit both in terms of popularity and flavour. It’s got that regional flavour of capsicum and dried herb as well as a core of citrus before a juicy and well-balanced palate that ends clean, crisp and moreish.

Winemaker's Notes

A warm early growing season with fantastic bud burst and flowering conditions resulted in generous crops which were heavily thinned in order to create Mount Riley’s classic and highly regarded Estate Sauvignon Blanc.

Our 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from multiple vineyard sites throughout Marlborough, with 30% from the Awatere Valley and the balance from the Wairau Valley. Grapes were crushed and destemmed prior to pressing and fermentation was induced by the introduction of carefully selected yeast strains. We fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to preserve the lifted aromatics in this wine.

Appearance: Light straw with green hues.

Nose: Complex with overt aromas of passionfruit, pink grapefruit, citrus and greener components of crushed herb, capsicum and gooseberries.

Palate: Fantastic fruit weight and intensity of flavour is matched with mouth-watering acidity.

Food: Great as an aperitif or match with seafood, light meats, pasta, salads or Asian cuisine.

Cellaring: Drinking well now, this wine can be enjoyed until late 2016.

Alcohol: 13.0%

Reviews and Accolades

“The Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 has aromas of gooseberry and a hint of capsicum. The palate achieves balance between succulent sweet fruit and crisp natural acidity.”
Mount Barker Courier - Ross Noble - 18/02/15

Gold Medal - San Francisco Wine Show 2015

Silver Medal - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2014

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Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc

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Raymond Chan (2014 Vintage) says
17.5 / 20 Points

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues on rim. The nose is gently full and voluminous with up-front aromas of gooseberries, passionfruit and nettles and minerals harmoniously melded together and lifted by subtle fermentation esters elements. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate features softly drying, fine-grained textures carrying well-integrated fruit flavours of gooseberries, passionfruit, cut grass and minerals. The acidity is balanced and provides an underlying freshness. The wine flows smoothly and seamlessly, leading to a light, restrained, moderately sustained finish with soft, dry textures. This is a harmonious, and soft, gently textured dry Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, nettly and minerally flavours.
Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
Ray Jordan (2013 Vintage) says
It’s classically Marlborough in every way and from a very good vintage to boot. Lots of gooseberry and lifted tropical notes with a tight splash of citrus tang. So well balanced with a fine interested seamless acid sustaining the finish. West Australian - Ray Jordan - 27.03.14
Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine (2013 Vintage) says
The components for this flagship wine are established after reviewing all batches post-vintage. Winemaker, Matt Murphy, admits that the same superior parcels seem to get identified year after year, although in 2013 the Awatere Valley component jumped from 50 to 70 per cent. An interesting contrast between subtle sweetness and crisp acidity gives the wine an appealing tension. Gooseberry, grapefruit, lemongrass and passionfruit flavours. Sauvignon blanc that’s smooth and lengthy. Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine - March 2014. 93 Points 4 Stars
Nick Stock (2012 Vintage) says
A bright, pure and unabashedly tropical fruit style that delivers instant impact, with tangy citrus notes driving the palate ahead of tangy acid, a little sweet edge and a tangy passionfruit finish.
Good Wine Guide
Wine Companion (2012 Vintage) says
A pungent example of the variety, showing a little capsicum and a lot of cut grass and tropical armoas; the acidity is bordering on searing, with a sweet spot of flavour calming down the finish; consume in the full flush of youth.
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
The 2011 Mount Riley has a fresh and breezy nose, with plenty of tropical melon and passionfruit, and some grassy edges too - really bright. The palate's built on tangy citrus and passionfruit flavours: it's brisk and juicy, quite balanced too.
The Good Wine Guide
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Sauvignon snobs, go jump in a vat of colombard! The rest of us will keep drinking Marlborough sauvignon, and why wouldn’t we when one of the most dependable cheapies is $13 at Dan Murphy’s? It tastes precisely as you’d expect: crunchy pink lady apples, gooseberries, cut grass, zesty lemon and grapefruit.
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
Plenty of smooth tropical fruits here and a little banana skin too; this is fresh and attractive with nice, direct, clean appeal. The palate has a smooth and even shape, with citrus and mango skin flavour and gentle river pebble, stony nuances. Finishes even and smooth.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the bouquet is of light to medium intensity, clean and crisp, minerally and just a hint of citrus. Much the same things happen on the palate, although it does build intensity towards the back palate, which in turn invests the wine with good length.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; the bouquet offers gentle tropical/gooseberry/peachy fruit; the nicely balanced palate is not intense, but the fruit does carry through to the end. Has won two silver medals.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Light to medium yellow-green; an intense, classic Marlborough fruit profile, with a mix of capsicum, redcurrant and gooseberry aromas; the palate is similarly fresh and pure, with all of the flavours promised by the bouquet. A wine which has weight, length and good acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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