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Awatere River 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé

08 September,2017
The Awatere River Wine Co. is Louis Vavasour’s continuation of his family’s legacy of working on the Marlborough land and his parent’s innovative venture in planting the first commercial grapevines in the Awatere Valley in 1986. The label represents fine Marlborough wine, especially that of the Awatere Valley. 2017 was a cooler year affected by rain, but careful growers and producers picked before the rains or afterwards when they had passed, taking the action of strict selection. Louis’ winemaker Andrew Parley describes taking both these paths in the production of the 2017 Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé. The rosé fruit was picked before the rains, and while the Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc stayed out through the rains, the fruit remained healthy and was picked when the weather was drier, with any botrytised fruit discarded. Here are my reviews of these wines.


Awatere River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly full and well-packed with harmoniously melded aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit with subtle notes of nettles and cut grass, fresh herbs and nuances of minerals. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented and concentrated with mouthwatering flavours of gooseberries, cut grass and nettles, with hints of passionfruit. The mouthfeel is refreshing with brisk acidity and the wine flows along a fine-textured phenolic line, leading to a long, lingering finish of nettles, grass and herbs/ This is a fresh, zesty, mouthwatering, finely concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, cut grass, nettle and passionfruit flavours, and a fine textured line. This is very expressive of the Awatere Valley. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. 60% Upper Awatere fruit, 27% Dashwood, 10% Blind River and 3% Wairau fruit, tank-fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 3 months on lees. 17.5+/20 Sep 2017 RRP $23.00

Awatere River Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

Bright, pale cerise-pink colour with some depth, and slight purple hues, lighter edged. The nose is full with bright, fragrant aromas of strawberries and cream, raspberries and red florals interwoven with lifted confectionary elements. This has a fine and tightly bound core with delicate mineral notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has lively and refreshing, thirst-quenching flavours of strawberries and cream, raspberries and subtle cherry nuances, and lifted red florals. The fruit forms a well-concentrated heart with good linearity. The mouthfeel is enlivened by lacy acidity and the wine flows along a fine-textured phenolic thread, leading to a dry, aromatic finish of raspberries and florals. This is a vibrant, refreshing dry rosé with strawberries and cream, raspberry, cherry and floral flavours on a palate with a fine, dry line. Serve as an aperitif, with canapes and antipasto over the next 2 years. All clone 115 Pinot Noir from a single site in the Lower Dashwood, given 4 hours skin contact and tank-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 2.2 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Sep 2017 RRP $23.00
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