Tag: sauvignon blanc

Sip: The Pruner’s Reward Sauvignon Blanc ’13

Today’s savvy sip comes from a small family producer in North Canterbury, Bellbird Spring.

In 2002 the Porter family returned to New Zealand after many years overseas. They decided to make their home in the beautiful Waipara Valley with the family of three generations all living in homes on the vineyards. They focus on creating limited quantities of traditionally crafted single-vineyard wines of fine aroma and texture.
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Sauvignon 2016 – WOW what a week!

The Sauvignon 2016 International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration held in Marlborough last week was a wild success!

There was something for everyone, with informative seminars, speakers from all over the world, tastings highlighting the different styles of NZ Sauvignon Blanc and regional and sub-regional expressions, international Sauvignon Blancs, flights of ‘The Classics’, alternative styles and world class dinners – a Garden Party at Timara Lodge, the Kiwiana Beach Party at The Store (with a train ride and beer tasting to boot) and the Gala Dinner at Brancott Estate, complete with glamazons modelling pieces from the World of Wearable Art …and enough award-winning Sauvignon Blanc to flood Marlborough!

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At Whitehaven we hosted ‘The Wild Bunch’ alternative Sauvignon Blanc tasting and lunch last Wednesday.  Guests included wine writers and critics, international media and oenophiles from the world over.   Nine wineries hosted this particular event and each guest had four Plumm wine glasses (a modest number compared with other events!), so you can imagine the number of glasses that were polished – and subsequently raised – in Marlborough last week! And the number of sore heads!

Whitehaven Lunch

The Wild Bunch tasting included 100 alternative Sauvignon Blancs in five categories – sparkling, aged, lower alc, late harvest and ‘The Wild Bunch’ (my flavourite).  It was a whirlwind tasting, with so many wonderful wines to try, including some stunning aged Sancerre from the Loire Valley and buttery Californian Sauvignon/Semillion blends from the Napa Valley.

The tasting was followed by a three course lunch in our barrel hall.  And it wasn’t just Sauv’s on the menu, in case you were wondering.  There was also a stunning array of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Syrah…

Sam Young from Wine Marlborough and Sarah Booker did a wonderful job of organising the entire three day celebration, including project-managing the delivery of all the wines and all the glassware for every single event.

It was definitely a week to remember and one to firmly re-establish Marlborough as the home of Sauvignon Blanc.

Cheers!! It might just be time to pour one myself!
Melisa

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’14 Savs: Cool Kid & Crowd Pleaser

While we’re waiting for the first ’15 Savs to hit the shelves, we’d like to share a ’14 “crowd pleaser” and introduce you to a “cool kid in class”!

’14 Soho White Collection Sauvignon Blanc:

Origin:
Marlborough, New Zealand (South Island)

Personality:
This is definitely the cool kid in class. Reserved with a hip, youthful air, she wears light and breezy fabrics with an overlay of lime, lemon and grapefruit zest. Fun and flighty this is an easy friendship to have. 

Tastes:
A lovely chicken meal al fresco.

Find out more here.

’14 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc:

Origin:
Marlborough, New Zealand (South Island) 

Personality:
This is obviously a well known crowd pleaser and it’s like the popular corner lemonade stand. The blend on offer is a sweet-tart lemon-lime infusion with blended lychees. Served in a metal mug to give a hint of metallic twist, the smell of fresh cut grass in the background and an acidic bite cuts through the fruit leaving a zesty tang.

Tastes:
Fresh salads.

Find out more here.

Cheers,
Emily

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