Now - 2018
Tropical, lush and replete with gooseberry and peach fruit, this invino Exclusive is something of a secret. The importer brought over a few palates of Tora Bay’s Estate Selection SB, and we are thrilled to be able to offer this quintessential summertime sipper to invino Members only.
New Zealand has something of a market on zingy, fruity and refreshing white wine. As its reputation for outstanding Sauvignon Blanc has spread around the world, so too have the prices for this country’s bright, sweet-tart-inflected wines. With bargains fewer and farther between, it’s been a challenge to bring home beautifully made Kiwi Sauv Blanc priced to drink frequently from now until the end of the dog days of summer.
This is it! Exactly what the hottest days of the year call for: a white with no oak, plenty of natural acidity and above all gobs of fruit—nectarine, green apple, lime… along with a touch of white flowers, gunflint and pickled ginger. Terrific with fish and shellfish, this citrusy white packs enough ripe fruit to make is equally delicious on its own.
Reasons why we love it:
The Martinborough wine region is just 1.5 hours by car from New Zealand’s capital, Wellington, at the southern tip of the country’s North Island. The climate here is cool, and the soils are rich in minerals and gravel and low in nutrients, which makes for a distinctly elegant and slatey Sauvignon Blanc with much in common with Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé.
Visitors to New Zealand speak frequently of the country’s near constant and sometimes heavy rains. While a chilly climate is often just the thing for fine wine growing, rain—especially late in the growing season—is not. Martinborough holds the title as the driest region in all of New Zealand’s North Island.
The 2014 vintage received 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast and 90 points in Parker’s Wine Advocate. While late rains proved challenging for some varietals, early ripening Sauvignon Blanc fared extremely well in 2014.
Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with lemon-green hues. The nose is fresh and tightly bound with aromas of gooseberries, limes and white florals, along with subtle notes of cut grass and thirst-quenching mineral notes. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the fruit flavours of white florals, gooseberries and cut grass feature with a subtle lusciousness and succulence. The acidity initially enhances the fruitiness, then builds and melds with the fine phenolic textures to form a taut, dry, mouthwatering line.
Over a thousand years ago Kupe and Ngake gifted the name Wairarapa to this remote area. Captain Cook first sailed the coast line in 1770, to be followed in the 1800's by the first European Settlers who arrived on foot with their flocks of sheep from Port Nicholson (now Wellington). Up until the 1930's all wool and stock left the area by sea. The Pacific Ocean and its abundance of sea life still dominate this wild and beautiful landscape. From this land and its beginnings the folks at Tora Bay find thier daily inspiration for Tora Bay wines.
Serve with seafood, salads and vegetables and goats cheese over the next 2+ years.