VINEYARD Harvested out of the lower Awatere Valley in Marlborough. VINIFICATION 50% whole bunch pressed to preserve aromatics, it was then fermented cool in stainless steel and allowed to sit on lees for an extended period to develop body and texture. APPEARANCE Pale straw in colour. BOUQUET A vibrant bouquet displaying classic passion fruit and gooseberries with a hint of flintiness. PALATE A broad and luscious palate exhibiting citrus tones with a backbone of crisp acidity. CELLARING It is ready to drink now and is best served slightly chilled. SERVING TEMPERATURE 14-16°C FOOD ACCOMPANIMENTS A platter of icey cold raw oysters. Fresh crayfish cooked on the BBQ served with buttered crusty bread and a crisp green salad.
Fresh citrus and nettles with hints of passionfruit on the nose. The citrus and passionfruit follows through to the palate with hints of dried herbs. The wine is perfectly balanced with lovely texture and an appealing finish.
Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed on many occasions: either on its own as an aperitif, or accompanied by seafood and salad dishes. Try sitting at the waters edge on a thick blanket with some crispy fresh fish and chips your best wine glasses and a bottle of this, ensuring of course that there is no liquor ban!
Serve lightly chilled.
Lively gooseberry aromas with notes of passionfruit, lime and a hint of fig. The palate shows clean, fresh gooseberry and citrus with layers of passionfruit and some clean, herbal notes. This is a dry, nicely balanced Sauvignon to drink with food or on its own as a young wine. Great with salads, seafood and Summer lunches.
On the nose it’s alive with Lemon grass, lime peel and elderflower, with background notes of white currant and red pepper. The palate is already generous with currant, gooseberry and citrus flavours, and a dry mineral finish.
Big River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 : Bright pale straw-yellow colour, very pale edged. The nose is light with fresh, uncomplicated fruit aromas of gooseberries and cut grass, passionfruit and a minerally nuance that gently grow in the glass. Dry to taste and light-bodied, restrained flavours of cut grass, herbs and green apples show on a crisp, acid-driven palate. The wine has a light phenolic, textured line that carries the fruit. The mouthfeel is rounded, with an edge of acidity that drives the palate to a dry, textured finish. This is a clean, crisp Sauvignon Blanc with straightforward gooseberry and grassy flavours. Serve as an aperitif and with salads and vegetables over the next 18 months. Marlborough fruit cool-fermented to 12.5% alc. and 3 g/L RS.
Pale yellow in colour this Sauvignon
Blanc has a vibrant nose, full of passion
fruit and gooseberry. The palate is lively
and well-balanced with concentrated
tropical and passion fruit fl avours,
mingling with juicy acidity and leading
to a long lingering fi nish. Very drinkable.
This wine is pale straw in colour with a green tinge. The nose has vibrant passionfruit sorbet and pear aromas with green olive highlights. On the palate there are grapefruit and capsicum flavours balanced by an oily, textural finish. This is a wine that shows classic varietal intensity and is crisp and refreshing. Cellaring and Food Matching This wine is best enjoyed whilst young and vibrant, though will develop further complexity if cellared. Enjoy slightly chilled on its own or accompanied with seafood dishes or those with delicate white meat. This is a very versatile wine that will be a perfect match for chicken stir fries, pork roasts, mussels and pumpkin-based dishes.
This wine has sweet ripe fruit characters with a delightful mix of citrus, floral, pear and tropical fruit and a crisp nettle highlight.
This powerful wine is almost pungent in its intensity with full fruit flavours across the spectrum, from ripe tropical fruit to lush pink grapefruit.
Bright straw in colour. Pale straw in colour. Ripe passion fruit is supported with gooseberry characters. This wine has a lively palate and is refreshing without being excessive. Equally this Ohiti Estate Sauvignon Blanc has a bright lingering finish. This wine will refresh your taste-buds.
Grilled white fish and a fresh green salad
Hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed, the fruit was a selection of the very best available from the vintage. Barrel fermented in French oak using only indigenous yeasts and subsequent barrel age on full yeast lees for nine months, has created a superbly aromatic, complex and textural wine that is ideally suited to enjoy with food.
Wines prior to 2011 were produced under the Church Road Reserve label.
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