17 Valley

2012 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.

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    Raymond Chan

    Fruit from the ‘Anderson’ vineyard in the central Wairau Valley, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned French oak to 13.5% alc., the wine aged on lees for 8 months. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some green hues, This has a tightly concentrated and densely packed nose of white stonefruits, nectarines and greengages that unfold, revealing complex spices, nuts and tropical fruits and a layering of fragrant barrel-ferment elements. Dry to taste, the palate features a concentrated and rich array of flavours of stonefruits, spicy herbs, nuts and oak. This has weight and presence, with an underlying fine-textured line and balanced, restrained acidity, the mouthfeel showing a smooth, creamy flow. The flavours carry through evenly to a very long and sustained finish with nuances of fruit, herbs, smoke and nuts. This is a concentrated oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with a complex array of stonefruit, spice and nutty flavours. Match with herb-marinated poultry and pork dishes over the next 3-4 years.

    Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
    Done well, a barrel fermented sauvignon can show the wonderful 'far side' of the grape: textured and complex with richness and power. And this is done beautifully. The bouquet is indeed complex and fragrant with white peach, grapefruit, dill and subtle nutty characters. It's concentrated and succulent with fine texture and excellent focus. Long and juicy. Impressive. At its best: now to 2018.
    5 Stars, 94 points

  • Awards

    5 Stars - Cuisine Magazine 2013
    5 Stars - Raymond Chan Wine Review 2013
    5 Stars - Sam Kim (Wine Orbit)
    Silver Medal - Marlborough Wine Show 2014
    Silver Medal - NZ International Wine Show 2014
    95 Points - Bob Campbell

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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.