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Anna’s Way Marlborough 2017 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris

12 April,2018

‘Anna’s Way’ is a secondary brand of the Awatere River Wine Company, and is a tribute to winemaker Louis Vavasour’s late mother Anna, who with her husband Peter pioneered grapegrowing in the Awatere Valley. The Awatere River Wine Company is focussed on producing premium Marlborough wine with the wines of the Awatere Valley a specialty.

At the end of last year, it was announced that Booster Tahi, a Kiwisaver service provider had made a 40% investment in the ownership of the Awatere River Wine Company, as its first foray into viticulture. At the same time, Booster Tahi took full ownership of Waimea Estates in Nelson from the Bolitho family. Louis Vavasour now heads a business which encompasses both that of the Awatere River Wine Company and Waimea Estates, with a combined administration and marketing base. Here, I review the new 2017 Anna’s Way Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. www.arwc.co.nz

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Anna’s Way Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5-/20

Bright, very pale straw colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. The nose is very fresh and clean with aromas of passionfruit and subtle notes of gooseberries, herbs, nettles and herbaceous cut-grass elements, unfolding lifted white florals. This has cut and clarity. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has light and taut flavours of passionfruit, fresh herbs, nettles and cut-grass. The fruit forms a gentle heart and the palate is enlivened by crisp acidity. The wine flows easily along a soft line, the flavours receding on the finish. This is a taut and light Sauvignon Blanc with cool-spectrum flavours of nettles, cut-grass and passionfruit on a crisp, clean palate. Serve as an aperitif, and with salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.6% alc. and 1.1 g/L RS. 16.5-/20 Apr 2018 RRP $18.99

Anna’s Way Marlborough Pinot Gris 2017

Pinot Gris from New Zealand – Marlborough

16.5/20

Brilliant light straw-yellow colour with some depth, a little paler on the edge. The nose is fresh with light aromas of white and yellow florals along with notes of pears and white stonefruits, unfolding delicate herb nuances. This is clean and uncomplicated. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has aromatic flavours of white and yellow florals, pears, and subtle exotic rose-petal elements. The fruit forms a rounded core with some phenolic grip providing a guiding line. The acidity is fresh and balanced and carries to a light, lingering, fragrant finish. This is a light, aromatic, dry Pinot Gris with floral and pear fruit on a light-textured palate. Match with Asian fare over the next 2+ years. Fruit from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. and 1.6 g/L RS. 16.5/20 Apr 2018 RRP $18.99

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