Seventeen Valley

2010 Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc


Our Seventeen Valley range is a considered, handcrafted wine for connoisseurs. Our best fruit goes into this range and it's made with our best efforts and only in our best vintages. A special occassion wine, available very selectively.

  • Awards

    2010 Chosen to be poured at the Taste at the Cloud Event, Auckland Sep/Oct 2011
    2010 4 1/2 Stars, Michael Cooper, Listener January 2012
    2010 90+ points, Ken Gargett, Australia
    2010 Metro Top 100 Wines for Summer 2012

  • Reviews

    Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012

    Built to last, the 2009 vintage (****) is a fleshy, single-vineyard wine, hand-picked in the Wairau Valley and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barrels. Fresh, full-bodied and finely textured, it is slightly creamy and toasty, with sweet-fruit delights, tropical-fruit flavours, gentle acidity, and excellent complexity and richness.

    Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, 90 points

    The 2009 17 Valley Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented with indigenous yeast. Presenting pronounced grapefruit, passion fruit, nettle and dried thyme aromas with a subtle toasty/creamy character, it's a very interesting style with an appealing funky edge. Concentrated yet medium bodied, the layered palate is crisp and zesty with some savoury characters and a long steely finish. Drinking perfectly now, it should hold without fading much to 2013.

    Bobswinereviews.com, Bob Campbell, Master of Wine

    Rich, mouth filling wine with stone fruit, floral and toasty lees characters. Elegant and concentrated wine with slightly subdued varietal flavours but oozing complexity and sophistication.

    4 stars Winestate Magazine, July 2010

    Built to last, this tightly structured, single-vineyard wine was hand-picked in the Wairau Valley and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned French oak barrels. Fresh, full-bodied and youthful, it is finely textured, slightly creamy and toasty, with sweet-fruit delights, tropical fruit flavours and gentle acidity.

  • Tasting Notes
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This is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc but not as you know it. Grapes with ripe flavours are handpicked, whole bunch pressed, fermented with indigenous yeast in seasoned French oak barrels then aged on lees. Winemaker influence does not mask varietal expression but adds texture, complexity and personality.
A carefully crafted wine and a fantastic accompaniment to food.


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