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With plenty of passionfruit and nectarine on the nose, this is a pleasingly dry, crisp and vibrant New Zealand sauvignon. Hugely enjoyable and highly recommended.
Product Code: NZ11371
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Spy Valley takes its name from a satellite communications monitoring station located in Waihopai Valley in New Zealand’s Marlborough region. This has become a fairly large winemaking operation, but was established only in 1993. Initially the fruit produced was sold to other wine companies but in 2000 the first wine was made under the Spy Valley label. The grapes come from estate-owned vineyards in the lower Waihopai Valley and select sites in Marlborough’s Wairau and Southern Valley areas. Chief winemaker Paul Bourgeois is assisted by a young, upcoming winemaking team. A state-of-the-art winery, situated in the middle of the estate vineyards, completes the picture ensuring the best possible handling of nearby fruit. The range shows excellent purity and intensity of flavour and has been a mainstay of The Society’s List. Spy Valley excel in particular with riesling and gewürztraminer which stand out for their exuberance and superb value. The sauvignon blanc is generously flavoured with attractive grassy characters. Pinot noir can be wonderfully perfumed and plummy.
Still a baby when compared with other regions, New Zealand has quickly earned a reputation for top-quality wine. New Zealand might be a relative newcomer to the wine world (in 1960, the country had fewer than 400 hectares of vine) but its rise to pre-eminence is extraordinary. The precise, pure flavour of its wines has captured the attention of wine drinkers; Society sales certainly reflect this.The country’s two islands cover a vast area from north to south (it is often quoted in wine books that if New Zealand was in the northern hemisphere, the country would stretch from North Africa to Paris). The maritime climate is influenced by the strong prevailing winds of the Pacific Ocean and the striking mountainous terrain. These factors give the islands a wide range of growing conditions; broadly speaking, the regions of the North Island tend to be warmer than the cooler South Island.The cool New Zealand climate offers real opportunity for aromatic varieties like sauvignon blanc, riesling, pinot gris and gewurztraminer . Of the latter three, young plantings mean many styles rely more on sugar than fruit, which we avoid buying. But the very best share the intensity and palate weight of great Alsace examples with vibrant, lifted flavours. South Island’s Marlborough region is the benchmark setter for the former, and there are many pungently aromatic sauvignons that are stunning. Look out, too, for some of the exciting sub-regional wines – the Awatere is Marlborough’s coolest valley, now making really attractive, delicate and grassy wines, and Nelson across the hills is yielding superb wines from quality conscious producers like Neudorf. The first sauvignon blanc vines were planted in Marlborough around 30 years ago, when most farmers were raising cattle or growing fruit. The wines have since taken the world by storm. Farms have been replaced by vineyards, and today, chardonnay and pinot also flourish in Marlborough’s cool climate. The choice is sensational, so is the consistency in quality. However, Marlborough is not only about sauvignon blanc and there are crisp, juicy chardonnays and ripe but balanced pinot noirs of excellence.Further south is Central Otago, in the centre of the island. Pinot noir is something of a speciality here, though on the wrong site it can have difficulty reaching full maturity in this continental climate. The best seasons produce the country’s most dazzling examples of the grape, full-flavoured and superbly pure, and the greatest wines of this scenic region are in high demand around the worldThe north island also boasts excellent wine regions. North of the city of Auckland there is the Bay of Islands where a unique microclimate helps winemakers produce some wonderful reds, and the Brajkovich family’s Kumeu River Estate, specialising in rich but elegant chardonnay, can be found just north-west of New Zealand's biggest city. Waiheke Island, just off the coast close to Auckland, also produces some excellent wines.Hawkes Bay on the east coast of the North Island covers an extensive area of rolling hills, a sweep of coastline and the sharply dominant Te Mata Peak. The warm climate successfully ripens red grape varieties, the very best grown in the gravelly alluvial soils of the Gimblett Gravels appellation. Syrah is now adding its name to the roll call of successful varieties like cabernet and merlot. Chardonnay is well established here too, and the area makes some of New Zealand’s fullest and ripest examples.Close to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island is Martinborough, arguably New Zealand’s most exciting area for pinot noir. The long growing season is particularly suitable to the slow, gradual ripening that this Burgundian grape so enjoys.
"A lovely fresh flavour. Citrus and fruity - and my wife loves it. What more can you ask for?"
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"ooh lovely! We are fans of Marlborough SauvBlanc, but this one was a new one for us - enjoyed the couple of bottles so much, am ordering a case - even though the (few) balmy days of summer are over. Lovely citrus flavours, without any sharp acidity."
Ms Caroline Graham (18-Sep-2019)
"A firm favourite , not too green , but a distinctive NZ SB ."
Mr Clive F Eminson (25-Aug-2019)
"Another average SB but made more palatable by the offer price"
Mr Steven Foster (10-Aug-2019)
"Just started on 2018 after finishing 2017 - both delightful will be ordering more especially at the discounted price - tremendous value"
Mr Alan D Smith (07-Aug-2019)
"Excellent value for money Marlborough. I love the slight acidity with the fruit reminded me more of some Loire tourain that I have tasted."
Mr Kevin Blackman (26-Jul-2019)
"Lovely, fragrant, fruity. Excellent with seafood salad. Thoroughly enjoyable. Will be ordering more. "
Miss Elizabeth Hirst (25-May-2019)
Mr Gustav Polisano (09-Mar-2019)
"Just made a repeat purchase - this is a firm family favorite and is a great introduction to NZ SB for those who are not aware what this grape offers - simple uncomplicated and delicious"
Mr Alan D Smith (04-Oct-2018)
"This is a fantastic Kiwi Sauv Blanc with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Equally it is balanced and something everyone will like."
Ms Louisa Mason (14-Jul-2018)
"Spy Valley SB has been a staple of our household for years. Always a consistently good wine - until the last box. The 2017 is unrecognisable. Weak, flat - as if diluted. 3 people tasted, 3 people were shocked. I do hope it was just a dodgy box and this is not typical of the 2017 vintage."
Mr Patrick Byrne (01-Feb-2018)
"Excellent Sauvignon Blanc! A little softer than some NZ Sauvignons but with good body and a long finish. Most enjoyable."
Mr Bill Riley (11-Jan-2018)
"Delicious lemon and lime zing with gooseberry tang and herby nose and finish. Well balanced and excellent VFM"
Dr Gary Wright (21-Oct-2017)
Mr Dennis Hartmann (09-Sep-2017)
"A hint of grass and a light touch of gooseberry on the palate with that classic cat pee (in a good way) on stony ground bouquet. Years ago there was a Sauv called Cat's Pee on a Gooseberry bush. It was a similar wine - great quality, a classical sauv wine at an affordable price. Sadly the name was forced to change and I've no idea what happened to the wine. This however reminds me of it and it's great!!!"
Mrs Jane Kang (25-May-2017)
"Originally tried this wine at the vineyard late last year and have bought a number of cases since arriving back in U.K. Super wine for drinking with food or without."
Mr Alan Barclay-Devine (02-May-2017)
"This is a delightful relatively light Sauvignon Blanc, as good as more expensive wines from this grape. Recommended without reservation."
Neil Butter Esq (24-Feb-2017)
Mr Mark Gregory (06-Dec-2016)
Decanter (28th Jun 2017)
"Fruity bouquet with
aromas of citrus and apple, and an oxidative note. Pure crunchy acid and fruit,
perfect synergy of herbaceous and fruit characters. - Panel tasting"
"Excellent wine and great value. Will buy again."
Mr Max Penfold (31-Aug-2016)
"Really good, and exceptional value at the price. The WS comments are spot on."
Mr John Purse (27-Aug-2016)
"A lovely NZ Sauvignon and not much more to add to the WS summary description, which is spot on. The aroma is fantastic and the taste long. At the current offer price till the weekend, you'd be hard pressed to find a better value alternative anywhere."
Mr John Canning (20-Jul-2016)
"Plenty of zip in this one. Subdued fruit unlike the powerful Grewacke. Sharp but not flinty. Stimulating on the palate but not as overwhelming as some of the Kiwi offerings. The French just can't do this combination of fruit and acidity. Great with cold poached salmon and a few rays of sunshine."
Mr Ken Barker (27-Jun-2012)
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