Catalina Sounds 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, and 2013 Pinot Noir

As with the amphibious flying boat after which the wine company is named after, Catalina Sounds is a Marlborough wine brand that ‘flies under the radar’ but proven to be very successful at what it has been designed to do. As a warbird, the Catalina served as a long range reconnaissance plane, rescuing many downed allied airmen. The Catalina wine brand has made great inroads into the premium white wine market in Australia, and is one of the leading New Zealand sellers, realising the quality that sophisticated consumers desire in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, in a market flooded by average beverage bottlings.

The home base for Catalina Sounds is the ‘Sound of White’ vineyard in the Waihopi. There are 32 ha of vines on the 45 ha property, with Chardonnay recently joining the plantings of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. This fruit is supplemented with grapes sourced under contract. Peter Jackson, coming from Whitehaven and Te Whare Ra has been the winemaker since 2011, and I’ve seen an increasing consistency, finesse and sophistication in the wines he has made. Here, I review the new 2014 Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris, along with the 2013 Pinot Noir. www.catalinasounds.co.nz


  • Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  • Catalina Sounds Marlborough Pinot Gris 2014
  • Catalina Sounds Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

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