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Satellite and Spy Valley 2017 Sauvignon Blancs and Spy Valley Rosé 2017

24 October,2017
The Spy Valley Wines business of the Johnson family is, in my opinion one of the best Marlborough wine producers, and has a very strong and loyal following. The Spy Valley range shows classic varietal and regional character, and the wines are accessible and can be ageworthy for their styles. The limited edition ‘Envoy’ wines are individual and non-interventionalist, showing the character of special fruit from special blocks and sites of the estate. The ‘Satellite’ range offers true varietal expression and offer value. In fact, all the Spy Valley wines across all the ranges are very well-priced. The winemakers are Paul Bourgeois and Richelle Collier, and the viticulturist is Adam McCone. Here I review three new releases, in time for the summer weather. They all have a proven track record. www.spyvalleywine.co.nz

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Satellite Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

17+/20
Bright, light straw-yellow colour with some green hues, pale edged. The nose is up-front with moderately concentrated aromas of gooseberries and passionfruit, fresh herbs and snow peas. The aromatics are softly presented. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has up-front flavours of gooseberries and passionfruit with herbs and some cut-grass and nettle notes. The palate has depth and a firm core. The mouthfeel is brisk and racy with lively acidity, and the wine flows with good energy along a fine-textured line to a lingering finish of gooseberries and nettles. This is a fresh and lively, up-front Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, passionfruit and cut-grass flavours with a fine line. Match with seafood, salads and vegetables over the next 2 years. Fruit from the Wairau Valley, fermented to 12.0% alc. and 3.1 g/L RS. 17.0+/20 Oct 2017 RRP $16.00

Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Marlborough

18/20
Bright, very pale straw colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries, white florals, fresh herbs and a fine line of minerals. The aromatics have elegance, depth and intensity. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate has soft, mouthfilling flavours of passionfruit with subtle notes of gooseberries, fresh herbs and snow peas. The fruit is refreshing with mineral nuances. The mouthfeel is well-balanced with gentle richness and liveliness. The wine flows easily and smoothly to a soft, elegant, lingering finish of passionfruit and herbs. This is a soft and gently mouthfilling Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit and gooseberry flavours with balanced acidity and fruit richness. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. MS clone fruit from the Waihopi and Wairau valleys, fermented in stainless-steel with 6% in oak barrels to 12.0% alc. and 2.8 g/L RS. 18.0/20 Oct 2017 RRP $20.00

Spy Valley ‘Hand Picked Single Estate’ Marlborough Rosé 2017

Rose from New Zealand – Marlborough

17.5/20
Very pale salmon-pink colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is light and delicately fragrant with aromas of white stonefruits and subtle notes of red fruits and florals, along with thirst-quenching minerals. Dry to taste and light-medium bodied, the palate has a fine, elegantly concentrated core of white stonefruits with subtle red berry fruit and floral elements. The fruit has a delicate richness, balanced by mouthwatering mineral notes and light phenolic textures. The acidity provides good freshness, and the wine carries to a light, minerally finish. This is a delicate and finely concentrated dry rosé with stonefruit, berry and floral flavours and thirst-quenching minerals on a light-textured palate. This is in the Provencal rosé style. Serve as an aperitif and with canapes over the next 2 years. Predominantly Pinot Noir, 95% hand-picked and WBP, 5% saignee, fermented in stainless-steel with a small percentage with solids in barrel to 12.5% alc. and 4.2 g/L RS. A small portion of estate Syrah and Malbec was WBP and tank fermented and added to the final blend. 17.5/20 Oct 2017 RRP $23.00
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