Estate Range

2010 Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc


Mount Riley's Estate Range (pictured right) is great quality and value. Each wine in this range is fresh with pure, vibrant fruit flavours and aromas.

  • Awards

    2010 4 Stars, Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012
    2010 Silver, NZ International Wine Show 2010
    2010 4 1/2 Stars Winestate & Equal Top in Category (Winestate Special Edition 2010)

  • Reviews

    Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

    Fine value. The 2010 vintage (****) is fleshy, sweet-fruited and harmonious, with good intensity of fresh, ripe tropical-fruit flavours and a dry, rounded, lingering finish.

    Winestate Magazine, Wine of the Year 2010 Edition, Top 5 & 41/2 stars

    Pale straw in colour with green hues. Bouquet of passionfruit, crushed herb, nettle, capsicum and citrus fruits. Punchy aromas in the tropical end of the spectrum with bright, green lime notes. Lovely zesty palate; rich structure with loads of tropical fruit flavours and a sorbet-like finish. Complex with great intensity, refreshing acidity and a lingering finish.

    Bobswinereviews.com, Bob Campbell, Master of Wine

    Pure yet flavoursome wine with gentle tangy passion fruit, lemon grass and red capsicum flavours. Elegant rather than blockbuster style with energy and drive.

    Winsor Dobbin, The Grape Hunter Australia

    I was recently a guest of Mount Riley at a very special dinner where I was impressed by the wines in their "reserve" tier Seventeen Valley range. But as good as these wines are, the major focus of the family-owned Marlborough winery is its standard sauvignon blanc - a very tempting wine for the price and very nicely put together with plenty of flavour but without some of the overtly herbaceous characters that can be off putting in Kiwi savvy blancs. There are some delightful citrus and passionfruit notes on the bouquet and a purity on the palate that sets it apart. Racy, zingy and very dry, this is a lovely drink. Good value, too.

    Hospitality/Thirst, November 2010, Peter Saunders

    A wine which has built a strong reputation over the past ten years, this vintage as good as ever if not the top of the tree thus far. Uncompromising in its fruit statement, this is Marlborough sauvignon blanc at its best with just enough raciness to be fresh and alive to underline the mouthful of uncluttered flavours. Ready for enjoying with or without food - over the next two years.

    Wine Orbit, Senior Wine Judge Sam Kim

    A classically flavoured Sauvignon displaying lime zest, floral and herbaceous characters on the nose. The palate is lively and well framed showing bright acidity and a lovely dry finish. This is not as sweet-tasting as some, making it an ideal partner to elegant seafood dishes.

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Marlborough’s wide diurnal temperature range together with a cool but dry summer led to perfect ripening conditions and resulted in fruit with excellent aromatics, intense flavour and great retention of natural acidity.

Our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from multiple vineyard sites throughout Marlborough, with over 90% from the Wairau Valley. Grapes were crushed and destemmed prior to pressing and fermentation was induced by the introduction of carefully selected yeast strains. We fermented in stainless steel at cool temperatures to preserve the lifted aromatics in this wine.