| Current Vintage Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc|
Marlborough, New Zealand
Colour: Light straw with green highlights.
Aromas: Gooseberry, bell pepper and lemongrass with tropical fruit notes.
Palate: This wine displays real fruit intensity. The gooseberry flavors meld well with fresh bell pepper with underlying nectarine and ripe tropical fruit flavours. A well-balanced wine showing the lively, crisp acidity associated with this style.-From the Winery
Located at the north eastern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, the climate is cool with an average temperature of 64º F during the hottest month.
What makes Marlborough unique is its abundant sunshine and relatively dry summer. On average Marlborough receives an annual total of 2,395 sunshine hours and a low annual rainfall of 34 inches, most of which falls outside of the growing season. Long cool nights help to support a slow ripening process. Marlborough wines typically have crisp acidity and intense, distinctive, regional fruit flavors.
The grapes are harvested from the Brancott Vineyard on the south eastern side of Marlborough's Wairau Valley. The Wairau Valley is protected by mountain ranges to the north and west, and by the Kaikoura Mountains to the south.
Brancott Estate is in a small side valley facing north and receives maximum sunshine. The soils of the vineyard are derived from glacial outwash material and can generally be described as silt loam overlying gravels and rocks. These soils are low in fertility and have a low water holding capacity.
Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with Vegetables, Risotto, Shellfish, Chicken with Herbs, Goat Cheese, and Indian food.
Sauvignon Blanc is one of the great Bordeaux varietals. Traditionally, it is used to make dry, food friendly wines, but is also used to make the famed Sauternes dessert wine. Fabulous Sauvignon Blanc is being produced in New Zealand, South Africa, California, and Washington, in addition to its native France.
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