Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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Tasting Notes

Aromas are complex and typically New Zealand with a bit of a twist. Passionfruit, pink grapefruit, lime zest, and gooseberry are joined by more savory components of crushed herbs and white pepper. The palate is fresh and vibrant, with intense flavors echoing the aromas. A fresh, vibrant wine with crisp delectable acidity on the longer finish.

 

In 1992, founder and owner John Buchanan had worked in the New Zealand wine industry for 35 years when he left his job with the country’s second largest winery to go back to his Marlborough roots in 1992. He named his project for a local mountain (a seven-hour climb at 1314 meters), which in turn was named for an early sea captain. His youngest daughter Amy, a lawyer who worked in London, joined him in 2002 and serves as Managing Director. Winemaker Matt Murphy, a farm boy from the North Island, had worked as winemaker at Craggy Range. He moved to Marlborough in 2007 to be with Amy, and joined the team the following year. The family owns 10 vineyards in Marlborough, two purchased initially, the rest planted over the years. They also work with a small number of selected growers. Mount Riley produces three ranges of wines; the highest level is only made in especially fine vintages. This is from the middle tier, which includes eight other wines.

 

The Mount Riley Sauvignon Blanc is a blend from multiple vineyard sites throughout Marlborough, 80% estate fruit. 2018 was a challenging vintage, with record-breaking heat and late summer rain, so the use of multiple sites made things easier.

 

Grapes were crushed and destemmed before cool fermentation in stainless steel, using selected yeasts. It does not go through secondary fermentation.

 
Food Pairing Suggestions

Chicken/Turkey, Fish (white), Hors d'oeuvres, Perfect Aperitif Wine, Shellfish, Sushi, Vegetables

Color:
White
Origin:
New Zealand
Grape Varietal:
Sauvignon Blanc
Price:
$15.00 each
  bottle(s)