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Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, Pegasus Bay



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Grape VarietySauvignon Blanc/Semillon

CountryNew Zealand


StyleCrisp & Fresh


RegionWaipara, North Canterbury


The Waipara Valley is in the South Island of New Zealand. To the east, Waipara Valley is separated from the Ocean (Pegasus Bay) by a range of hills which protect it from the cooling winds of the Pacific. To the west lie the Southern Alps (Main Divide) from where the region's hot north west winds derive. Its sheltered position and proximity ot the sea give it warm day,s cool nights and a dry autumn, resulting in a very prolonged ripening period. This promotes intense flavour development and optimal ripeness, while retaining good natural acidity. Within the Waipara Valley Pegasus Bay vineyard gets maximum protection from the Pacific's easterly breezes by being tucked up under the lee of the Teviotdale Range. Heat summation during the day is promoted by smooth stones and gravels left behind by an ice age glacier. The soil is free drianing and of low fertility, resulting in naturally reduced vine vigour. This produces low yields of optimally ripened, high waulity, flavourful grapes which fully express the qualities of this unique setting. In this traditional Brodeaux blend of grapes, the Sauvignon Blanc's powerful aromas and flavours are tamed by the Semillon, which adds mid-palate weight and depth. The exotic aromas and flavours suggest tropical spices, Turkish musk, passion fruit and paw paw, but is refined and elegant with a spine of tingling minerality and crisp acidity which complement its lingering, dry finish.

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