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2007 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

    2007 4 Stars, Winestate Magazine
    2007 Silver, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2009

  • Reviews

    Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine, February 2008, Bob Campbell MW, 91 Points

    Barrel-fermented wine with extra complexity from biscuity yeast lees. Rich with good mouthfeel and flavour concentration. Top example of the oak-influenced style that still allows varietal flavours to shine.

    Winestate Magazine, November 2007, 4 1/2 Stars

    Softly seductive style, hand-picked and fermented with indigenous yeasts in seasoned oak barriques. Very ripely scented, with tropical-fruit flavours showing lovely ripeness and roundness and slightly nutty, leesy characters adding complexity and richness. Drink now.

    Franklin Life 11 November 2007

    In previous articles reference has been made to the complexity and development of New Zealand sauvignon blanc... This week's focus wine is from hand-picked grapes from the Waihopai and Wairau Valleys in Marlborough. Fermentation was ignited by indigenous yeasts and it spent four months on its lees for complexity. This wine has the buttermilk texture of a truely classy white. Put this on the table and be part of the revolution.

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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.