Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The banks of the Wairau River and Awatere Valley in Marlborough are home to our Southbank Estate Vineyards.

Long summer days, cool nights and free–draining gravel soils provide optimal growing conditions, allowing our grapes to ripen slowly and develop full concentrated flavours. Our attentive vineyard and winemaking team selectively harvest parcels of fruit that create full-flavoured, intense varietal wine.


Harvest date: 20th March - 21st April
Alc: 12.5%
TA: 7.2
pH: 3.23
Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/l
Vineyard: Awatere and Wairau Vineyards


The 2016 growing season started out incredibly dry, with some predicting a severe drought. Fortunately some unseasonal rains in February set the vines up for a great final ripening period. March and April were very consistent, with warm and dry weather experienced throughout Marlborough allowing a harvest that wasn’t dictated by the weather.  This year’s wines have captured succulent passionfruit and guava notes with some fresh herbal high tones. The wines are juicy and well –structured with a mineral backbone.


Parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were selected for this wine from Vineyards across the Wairau Valley and the Awatere Valley. The parcels were harvested and fermented separately, using selected yeast strains for Sauvignon Blanc to enhance varietal character. A long, cool fermentation took place over four weeks, with the parcels then being blended and stabilised, prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

This 2016 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows lifted tropical notes of guava and passionfruit. The palate is crisp, fruity and fresh and finishes with a lively, citrus acidity.

Fantastic with summer salads and fish dishes.

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