2010 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc

Year: 2010
Appellation: Wairau Valley, Marlborough
Country: New Zealand
Wine Spectator: 89
Wine Advocate: 87
Vinous Media: 92
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"Crisp, with green apple, Asian pear and lemon-lime flavors and an extremely refreshing acidity that gives way to tasty Key lime pie flavors on the finish. Drink now. 2,500 cases imported." (WS)

"Goldwater’s 2010 Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc gives moderately intense notes of ripe apple and white peach with an undercurrent of straw and dill seed. Medium bodied, it gives a good mouthful of citrus and apple flavors with very crisp acid and a medium-long finish. Drink this one now to 2013. " (WA)

"Pale yellow. Pure, scented nose offers citrus peel, tarragon, pepper and subtle saline minerality. Rich, tactile and full but without any impression of weight. The citrus, mineral and spice flavors offer terrific intensity and life in the mouth. A complex, serious wine with outstanding depth. The very long finish hints at passion fruit and guava. (ST)" (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Goldwater Wines have been producing expressive Marlborough wines since 1992. Our wines are sustainably produced and nurtured through the growing season by our talented and experienced team. These wines showcase the best the Wairau Valley of Marlborough has to offer. The 2010 Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc is selected from ultra premium vineyards in the Wairau Valley. These vineyards produced fruit with the vibrant flavors that epitomise top quality Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Careful canopy and yield management, including leaf plucking and shoot thinning, fur- ther enhanced the fruit quality.

The 2010 growing season was noteworthy for its extremes. Spring was cooler than normal then settled into typical Marlborough weath- er patterns of dry, warm days and cool nights, perfect for ripening and flavor development. November through April were slightly warmer and drier than average. The settled weather, especially in the lead up to harvest, presented us the opportunity to harvest at optimum times and to capture all that renowned Marlborough flavor and freshness. The fruit was processed in the Marlborough winery. It was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness and varietal character. Selections of yeasts were chosen to increase subtle com- plexities and the wine was held on yeast lees to enhance palate weight.

This wine is pale straw gold in color and intensely aromatic with aromas of stone fruit and passionfruit. Subtle citrus notes provide a further lift. The palate displays real fruit intensity accentuated by rich ripe flavors with tropical and citrus nuances. It has a crisp mouth feel and is well balanced with an elegant, long finish.