Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

SAUVIGNON BLANC

Marlborough

Vintage

2016

Region

Predominately from Pete McLean’s riverbank vineyard in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley.   

Winemaking

When the flavour spectrum enters the desired range the grapes are machine harvested. At the winery the grapes are pressed and the juice gel floated and inoculated.  Cool fermented, then when the wine is deemed in balance the ferment is stopped, the wine is then cold stabilised filtered and bottled.

 

Colour/Appearance

Palest straw, hints of green and gold

Bouquet/Nose

Bursting with ripe passionfruit, stonefruit and cut grass

Palate/taste

Ripe fruit flavor with peachy sweetness and lingering acidity

Cellaring

Drink now or consume within 3 years

Foods

 

Alcohol

Residual Sugar

Acidity

pH

Packaging

Seafood, salads, cheesy entrees, great on its own

 

12.5%

4 g/l

6.8 g/l

3.35

6 x 750ml cartons

 

Review of Duck Hunter by wine critic Dean Major. 

February 2017

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, as a wine style, is a bit ‘love it or hate it’ and so much has been written about this grape-as-grown-in-Marlborough over the last 30 years, most of it attempting to explain why it has been such an El Dorado for NZ and how it has given us an entrée onto the international wine stage. In the flurry of words it is easy to lose track of the wine’s relatively uncomplicated and very direct appeal. Simply put, well-made Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, lightly chilled, is a very refreshing drop, and the Duck Hunter Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 epitomises this. This wine successfully negotiates the balancing act between the classic early-Marlborough aromas of ‘cats pee on a gooseberry bush’, nettles and sweaty armpits, and the more modern smells (largely pioneered in Hawke’s Bay) of passion fruit and melons, by eliminating the potentially excessive elements – cat’s pee, sweaty pits and melons – and allowing just enough of the gooseberry, nettles and passion fruit aromas/flavours, plus a hint of residual sweetness, to be on display, lifting this very drinkable wine above the ordinary.

Duck Hunter Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is at its best now, but will effortlessly hold for at least another year without any noticeable diminishing of its subtle charms.