Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc (Dozen)

$19.99a bottle

The Stoneleigh range consists of distinctive, fruit forward Marlborough wines from the Stoneleigh vineyard's unique terroir of free draining, stony soils combined with Marlborough's high sunshine hours and crisp coastal climate.True to the distinctive Stoneleigh style, these classic wines capture the essence of Marlborough - New Zealand's most acclaimed winemaking region.

Producers Notes

The 2011 Marlborough Growing Season

Marlborough has had another excellent growing season with dry conditions for most of the harvest. A warm November and December set up good flowering and fruit set, and until mid February the season was tracking much earlier than the long term average. Cooler weather over late February through till the end of harvest slowed the season up, but this is seen as very positive in terms of retaining natural acidity in the wines, and in building intensity of flavour. Although rain was experienced in late April, this had little effect on the vintage as most of the fruit had already been harvested.

Soil Type

The Stoneleigh Vineyard sites are located on the northern side of the Wairau Valley in close proximity to the mighty Wairau River. Often referred to as the Rapaura Series of soils, they are characterised as young soils, based on river silts and stones. They tend to be low in nutrients and have poor water-holding capacity.

Clonal/Rootstock Selection

Clonally, this Sauvignon Blanc is mainly mass selected on a mix of five main rootstocks, these being SO4, 3309, 101/14, RG and Schwarzmann.

Winemaking Details

The grapes were harvested from mid March through until mid April 2011. Most of the grapes harvested were crushed to bag presses or 'tippy tanks'. The juice was drained and pressed from the skins to minimise excessive phenolic extraction. After settling to remove solids, the bright clear juice was racked to ferment. The juice was fermented slowly using selected aromatic yeast at cool temperatures to retain the very distinctive regional and varietal characters.

Oak Regime

None

Aroma and Palate

The wine is light straw in colour with subtle green highlights. This wine displays lifted passionfruit and white-fleshed nectarine aromatics, with grapefruit and subtle sweaty notes. The palate shows balance, with ripe passionfruit flavours and complex minerality bala nced by a tight, fresh acidity. This is a vibrant and lively wine.

Cellaring and Food Matching

This wine is best enjoyed whilst it is young and exuberant. Serve slightly chilled on its own or with delicate white meat or seafood dishes.

VarietySauvignon Blanc
AwardsGold: New Zealand International Wine Challenge 2015
Silver: International Wine Challenge 2015
Gold: Marlborough Wine Show 2014
Top 100 Blue-Gold: Sydney International Wine Competition 2014
Gold: Marlborough Wine Show 2013
Silver: Hong Kong International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2013
Silver: Decanter World Wine Awards 2014
Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2013
International Sauv Blanc Trophy: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013
NZ Sauv Blanc Regional Trophy: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013
Gold: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013
Gold: Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2013
Silver: Easter Show Wine Awards 2013
Silver: Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2013
Silver: San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013
Silver: Marlborough Wine Show 2012
Silver: NZ International Wine Show 2012
Silver: Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2012
Silver: Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2011
Silver: Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2011
Silver: International Aromatic Wine Competition 2011
Silver: Marlborough Wine Show 2011
Gold: Concours Mondial Sauvignon 2011
Gold: NZ International Wine Show 2010
Gold: Air New Zealand Wine Show 2011
Reviews90 points by Wine Spectator (2009 Vintage)
RegionMarlborough
CountryNew Zealand
Vintage2011
ABV12.5%
Bottle Size750ml
ClosureScrew Cap
Cellaring PotentialEnjoy now
Food MatchDelicate white meat or seafood dishes
Wine MakerGreg Harris
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