Seventeen Valley

2009 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

    2009 9o Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, USA
    2009 4 Stars, Michael Cooper's Buyers Guide to New Zealand Wine 2012
    2009 4 Stars, 89/100,, Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
    2009 5 Stars, Wine Orbit, Sam Kim
    2009 4 Stars, Winestate Magazine

  • 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., 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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The grapes from which this wine were made were grown in Mount Riley’s Renwick vineyard. Soils are loam over free draining alluvial fan (river stone). The Sauvignon Blanc grown on this site is consistently among Mount Riley’s best with bold aromatics and lush full flavour.

The 2009 growing season was an ideal one. Warm days and cool nights through summer, and settled weather from March right through to the end of our harvest allowed us to pick when flavors’ were at their peak and sugars and acidity in the grapes were perfectly balanced.

Grapes were hand picked and whole bunch pressed to gently extract juice. It was then fermented in seasoned French oak using indigenous yeast from Mount Riley’s vineyard and winery. Lees stirring was carried out post fermentation to build weight, texture and complexity. A small portion of the blend went through malolactic fermentation.

Pale straw.

Lime, passionfruit and orange blossom. Lemon meringue and light toast impart complexity.

Great palate weight and fruit concentration. Stonefruit, citrus & mineral characters are evident. Balanced acidity imparts linearity and focus.

Drinking well now and up to 2015. Great as an aperitif or with seafood, white meats, salads and Asian cuisine.

Other Information
Grape varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.5%
RS: 2.7g/l
Bottle Barcode: 9419663034412
Carton Barcode: 19419663034419
Closure: Screwcap
Availability: Throughout New Zealand in fine liquor outlets and on-premise in top restaurants, also available in Australia, Singapore and the USA.