2008 Opo  Sauvignon Blanc

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2008 Opo Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, NEW ZEALAND
$9.99 Bottle
  • Cellar 1 - 2 years (2010-2011)
  • ABV 13.5%
  • Closure: Screw Cap

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has taken all before it and has been largely responsible for the varieties recent market dominance in Australia. It would seem impossible to get through an Australian summer without at least a few glasses of chilled Sauvignon Blanc!

The varietal has been around for centuries. The wonderful whites of the Loire Valley from the towns of Sancerre, Quincy and Pouilly-sur-Loire (home of Pouilly-Fumé) and the dry whites of Bordeaux are all Sauvignon Blanc based. However, while these wines can offer exceptional combinations of fruit, lively acid and aromatic richness there's one instantly recognisable characteristic that sets New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc apart - that classic note that wine writers so often liken to 'gooseberries' - small grape-like berries with a flavour that combines lemon, lime and tropical fruit with a sort of grassy herbaceousness. New Zealand 'Sauvys' (as winemakers refer to the variety there) have this in abundance and it's become a trademark characteristic of the New Zealand style. Marlborough, in the north eastern tip of the south island remains New Zealand's most acclaimed area for the variety. Within twenty years the region has gone from producing no wine at all, to being synonymous with the world's finest Sauvignon Blancs. In recent years Marlborough has experienced record crops , this along with a drop in export sales to the major US and European markets has created a sudden glut of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Then there’s the added pressure of the impending 2010 vintage which is also looking like producing another big crop. As a result many Marlborough producers are re-positioning their brands at lower price points to ensure their long time survival in the market place. The big winners are the consumers – at $9.99 per bottle this is exceptional everyday drinking.
An Excellent example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that represents terrific value and great Summer quaffing.
Produced by the same team responsible for the Walnut Block & Blick’s Lane Sauvignon Blanc’s the vineyards providing fruit for this wine are located in the Southern Valleys and Rapaura sub-regions of Wairau Valley, Marlborough. They were carefully managed to ensure clean healthy fruit and harvest was timed for balance and flavour concentration. Picking was done in the cool of the night to ensure that the fruit arrived at the winery in top condition. The juice was fermented in stainless steel at cool temperature to retain fruit flavour and aromatics. Bright pale straw colour with water like hue. Strong herbaceous gooseberry aromas with passionfruit and a hint of citrus. Flavour filled palate with good intensity displaying that trademark Marlborough gooseberry character with some passionfruit and citrus in the background all enhanced by a crisp acid backbone. Clean finish with long gooseberry passionfruit aftertaste.
Cellar 1-2 years (2010 -2011)
Alc/Vol: 13.5%