2009 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2009
Appellation: Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 90
White Wine
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"Smooth and juicy, with fragrant lemongrass, thyme and fresh grass notes that mingle nicely with bright lemon-lime and tart green apple flavors. Theres a nice balance of power and elegance. Drink now. 108,000 cases made." (WS)

"Is there anything better than a warm day on the back porch and a cool glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc? Okay the warm day and two glasses might qualify. Otherwise, warm weather and New Zealand’s signature wine are a match made in heaven.

Sauvignon Blanc is the wine in it’s rawest form. It’s unadulterated by oak and it’s a true expression of the soil in which it’s grown. Best of all, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is remarkably consistent and available in high quantities. Sarborough made 108,000 cases of this wine! That’s well over 1 million bottles! And those million bottles are really good. For $9 it’s spectacular.

This wine pours a bright yellow/green and has aromas of grapefruit and tangerine. The same flavors carry over the palate where a bright acidity is balanced light honey notes. This is textbook Sauvignon Blanc.

There isn’t much more to say about this wine. It’s awesome and it’s $9. What else do you need?" (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
The Source:
The Marlborough district of New Zealand’s South Island has set the world standard for crisp Sauvignon Blanc wines. Marlborough is on the east coast of the island, with a ridge of mountains to the west, which limits rainfall and helps make it one of the sunniest areas of New Zealand. The landscape is pierced by deep, fjord-like bays, called “sounds”, which enhance the moderating maritime influence and help extend the growing season for wine grapes. The long, cool growing season helps the wines of this region to develop rich layers of flavor with a distinctive, refreshing character.

The Marlborough region of New Zealand experienced a somewhat challenging, but favorable growing season leading up to the 2009 harvest. Although there were periods of cool and damp weather in February, followed by some rain in March, warm weather quickly returned around mid-March. From that period on, a long drawn out Indian summer provided consistently warm days and cooler nights – particular to Marlborough and perfect for fruit maturation. Following a near perfect bud break and fruit set, Marlborough’s vineyards were on track for larger than average crops. However, growers and viticulturists were able to carefully manage their crops in an effort to concentrate on quality not quantity. Overall, the 2009 harvest produced wines with very ripe fruit flavors and well balanced acidity.

The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and lightly pressed in order to avoid over extraction of bitter tannins from the skins. The must was then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures for 30 days. The wine was filtered prior to bottling.

The Wine:
The 2009 Starborough Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc’s crisp, approachable style is characterized by layers of citrus and ripe tropical fruit with some herbal notes. The wine shows flavors of passion fruit, guava and kiwi over a citrus background.