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Whitehaven® 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
The Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2010 embodies the quintessential Marlborough style: Full-flavored and medium -bodied with fragrant notes of citrus, gooseberry and ripe tropical fruit followed by freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw color, this rich and elegant wine refreshes the palate with a clean, crisp, long finish. We recommend enjoying our 2010 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young, but the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next two years if carefully cellared.
Established in 1994, Whitehaven Wine Company is a small, privately-owned winery located in Blenheim, New Zealand. Whitehaven winemaker, Sam Smail, has earned a reputation for turning our brilliant, distinctive and critically acclaimed premium Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from the world renowned Marlborough region of New Zealand. Located across the Wairau and Awatere Valleys of Marlborough, New Zealand, our Sauvignon Blanc vines are pruned to four canes each and trained along our standard trellis system, with vertical shoot positioning for maximum exposure to sunshine and fresh breezes. The canopy is carefully manicured to achieve open, healthy vines which produce balanced, full-flavored fruit during the growing season.
Although it did not appear promising to begin with, the 2010 season outperformed the superb 2009 vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The latter half of the growing season experienced high temperatures and ripening advanced rapidly, delivering the harvest on time. From late December on the season was warm and dry. The harvest was short and sharp, rarely interrupted by rain, providing for stunning structure, amazing depth and flavor along with balanced ripeness.
The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, destemmed, must chilled and lightly pressed with minimal skin contact. The free run juice was settled to achieve a high degree of clarity. The clear juice was fermented in upright stainless steel fermenters with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent fruit flavors. Winemaking techniques and handling were reduced to promote the natural fruit flavor and intensity found in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
100% Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough, New Zealand
Vibrant peach, tropical fruit and gooseberry aromas and freshly cut herb undertones. A brilliant straw-colored wine with lemon tones, this wine refreshes the palate with a long, clean finish.
This wine is superior to others that sell for a few buck less and the smooth balance, gentle acid and easy-going fruit prove our point. A real delight with sushi, oysters, goat cheese and chicken.
Whitehaven 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc = $20.00
Martin Codax® 2010 Rías Baixas Albariño
Region: Rías Biaxas, D.O.
In the local Gallego language of Galicia in Northwest Spain, the name Rías Baixas means “the lower fjords, referring to the narrow fingers of deep water that stretch far inland. The white Albariño grape thrives in this region of rains and mists. Locally, Albariño is called “the wine of the sea” (and is, unsurprisingly, a perfect match for seafood).
Produced under the stringent rules of the Rías Baixas Denominación de Origen (DO), Martín Códax Albariño is thoroughly food friendly, and designed to be consumed young. This is an aromatic wine, elegant, dry and crisp on the finish. The key aromatic and flavor notes are pear, passion fruit and apple. Acidity is bright and integrates well with aromatic elements into a balanced whole.
Albariño stands on its own as an aperitif but reaches its glory stage when matched with food. This is not only because of the firm acidity, but also because of the wine’s mouth-engaging fullness. Seafood, poultry, light salads, and lightly-sauced pastas are only a few of the many possibilities.
The summer of 2010 was on the hot side with little precipitation. Following an excellent flowering season, we saw correspondingly high yields and good ripening among the grapes, all the while maintaining desirable levels of acidity (and lower levels of malic acid). These conditions were ideal for the production of a well-structured, well-balanced Albariño with floral and stone-fruit notes.
Winemaker: Katia Alvarez
For this 100% Albariño wine, grapes were hand-picked in mid-September 2010. Grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed, which allowed whole berry membrane pressing to preserve varietal character. After juice settling, fermentation occurred in stainless steel at 18º Celsius for three weeks. Approximately 15% of the blend was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation, leading to enhanced flavor complexity while preserving the acidity. Following fermentation, the wine underwent light sur lie aging for four months, with no oak contact.
Varietal Content: 100% Albariño
Varietal Origin: Rías Baixas
Titratable Acidity: 0.65g/100ml
Alcohol Level: 12.82%
Residual Sugar: 0.25g/100ml
A refreshing food friendly white wine, crisp, elegant and dry, showing aromas and flavors of pear, passion fruit and apple with bright acidity.
We love the wines of Spain and this is one of our secret favorites. Always dependable, you’ll feel like you are drinking a wine worth double the price. Enjoy it with seafood paella, poultry, veal and oysters.
Martin Codax 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino = $15.00
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