This bold Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc presents pungent aromas of sweet grass, nettles, blackcurrants and gooseberries, backed up by fresh zesty lime characters. The palate is light-bodied, which builds up and ends on a long, fine and appetizing mineral finish with undertones of ripe greens, gooseberry and currants. The acidity is very well integrated, complemented by the flinty mineral characters typical of the Awatere Valley.
Gold Medal- International Wine Challenge 2013
Gold Medal - New World Wine Awards 2015
Gold Medal - Berliner Wein Trophy 2016
Gold Medal - Asia Wine Trophy 2016
Blue Gold - Top 100 Sydney International Wine Competition 2017
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 4.5 Stars. 90/100
"An intensely expressive Sauvignon Blanc, lifted bouquet shows ripe citrus, feijoa, capsicum and fresh herb characters, leading to a juicy and vibrant palate filled with attractive flavours. The wine shows fruit richness with a delightfully long, crisp finish."
Raymond Chan, 17.5/20
"...This is very Awatere in expression. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the flavours of grassy, gooseberry fruit is up-front, mouthfilling and broad revealing some subtle secondary bean-like notes, the fruit growing to show a good core..."
All the grapes for our O:TU Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc were estate grown on both alluvial flat and sunny north-facing slopes.
Moderate flowering in the year delivered a light, intense crop which we harvested very late in the season, leaving the fruit to ripen until the last week of April.
All measures were taken to retain the very unique flavours and expression of this very one of a kind location.
As it came off the vineyard, all the fruit was immediately crushed to press and the bright, clear juice was left to cold settle for 48 hours. After cool fermentation for three weeks the wine was racked and kept on light lees until bottling. We bottled this wine early to retain maximum freshness and aroma.
This resulting O:TU wine is a distinctive expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which bursts with light yet zesty fruit intensity.
Aromas of sweet grass, nettles, blackcurrant and gooseberries are underpinned with fresh, lemon and peaches characters.
Flavours of ripe greens, gooseberry and currant, with a long, appetizing mineral finish.
This O:TU Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is best enjoyed young and fresh. Gather your good friends and enjoy now.