The Goldwater philosophy is simple - great wine is born in the vineyard. Careful site selection, sustainable viticultural practices and meticulous vineyard management, including innovative trellising and low yields, ensure the production of exceptionally high quality grapes. The Estate-owned Waiheke Island vineyards extend over 35 acres of free-draining clay based hillside soils and are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Chardonnay.
Definitely more subdued than most NZ SauvBlancs. No oak, light citrus, not much grass. Delightful and refreshing.
lovely wine - grassy and green but with enough depth to show the quality
Intense pineapple nose with hints of pink grapefruit. Fresh and very fruity. Lovely balance on the palate with crisp acidity and bags of tropical ripe fruit - nectarines and pineapple, and just a touch of greeness. Lovely stuff and a great pre-dinner aperitif
a wonderfully elegant, medium bodied sauv-blanc. Tropical notes in the nose and rich flavors that hint at nuts with a little grassy notes.
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Kim and Jeanette Goldwater established Goldwater Estate in 1978, then the first to plant vines on Waiheke Island. This wine has a riper style than many Marlborough wines and is consistently reviewed as one of the best Sauvignons from the region. Goldwater Estate is a small premium winegrower with an international reputation for producing outstanding wines. Kim and Jeanette Goldwater pioneered wine growing on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, with the planting of the islands first vinifera vineyards in 1978. They realised that the unique free draining soils, the warm, dry summers and the maritime influence would combine to give this magic island ideal fine wine growing conditions. The Goldwater Estate vineyard extends over 30 acres of undulating hillside overlooking Putiki Bay; 20 acres are planted in the classical red Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and 10 acres in Chardonnay. Due to demand for their wines at home and abroad, Goldwater has expanded into the Wairau Valley in the Marlborough Region where they grow Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The Goldwater philosophy is to do the winemaking in the vineyards. Sustainable Viticultural Practices, meticulous vineyard management, innovative trellising systems, low yields and hand leaf plucking ensure exceptional fruit quality. These premium grapes are carefully nurtured using traditional winemaking techniques, supported by modern technology, to create the outstanding handmade wines for which Goldwater Estate is known throughout the world. Their wines are consistently highly praised and are keenly sought after for their intensity, ripe fruit flavours and complexity. This wine is sealed by screw cap in order to eliminate the threat of cork taint and premature oxidation. It allows the wine in each bottle to mature and develop its true character, uniformly and naturally, as intended by the wine maker. Vintage: 2009 Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc from the 20 hectare vineyard in the Marlborough region. Vineyard: The Goldwater Sauvignon Blanc is selected from our ultra premium vineyards in the Wairau valley. These vineyards are carefully chosen to reflect the vibrancy and clean fruit flavours that the best of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc can offer. The site selections combined with careful canopy manipulation such as leaf plucking and shoot thinning, produce very consistent ripeness. The wine accentuates the elegant, pure Goldwater style Vinification: Fruit was processed in our Marlborough winery. It was cool fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness and varietal character. A selection of yeasts was chosen to increase subtle complexities and the wine was held on yeast lees for four months to develop body and mouth-feel. Alc 13%, RS 3.5g/l Serve: Drink now while young and vibrant, however will reward careful cellaring for up to 3 years. Ideal as an aperitif, but will pair well with most dishes using clean fresh ingredients. Taste: Intensely aromatic and fragrant aromas of passionfruit, grapefruit, and rock melon with subtle citrus notes providing a further lift. This wine displays real fruit intensity without being aggressive. Rich ripe flavours meld with tropical and citrus nuances. It has a crisp mouth feel, is well balanced with an elegant, long finish.
Kim and Jeanette Goldwater established Goldwater Estate in 1978, then the first to plant vines on Waiheke Island. This wine has a riper style than many Marlborough wines and is consistently reviewed as one of the best Sauvignons from the region. Goldwater Estate is a small premium winegrower with an international reputation for producing outstanding wines. Kim and Jeanette Goldwater pioneered wine growing on Waiheke Island, near Auckland, with the planting of the island's first vinifera vineyards in 1978. They realised that the unique free draining soils, the warm, dry summers and the maritime influence would combine to give this magic island ideal fine wine growing conditions. The Goldwater Estate vineyard extends over 30 acres of undulating hillside overlooking Putiki Bay; 20 acres are planted in the classical red Bordeaux varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and 10 acres in Chardonnay. Due to demand for their wines at home and abroad, Goldwater...
100% Wairau Valley fruit. A slightly muted, herbaceous tinged nose with a touch of white flowers, white peach and wet pavement. Good weight on the palate, just a hint of herbaceous fruit with more tropical tones towards the finish: white peach and a touch of passion fruit. Harmonious, quite understated towards the lime-tinged finish.
Bright, pale color. Complex nose offers grapefruit pith, grass, minerals, menthol and mint. Rich, tactile and expansive, with a generosity of texture to the flavors of grapefruit, lemon and brown spices. Perhaps most impressive today on the rising, broadening finish, which saturates the palate with piquant grapefruit and peppery spices.
Passion fruit and melon vie for attention on the bouquet with grassy, vegetal, herbaceous scents. In the mouth, citrus and dry Asian pear flavors intermingle with additional grassy, asparagus tones. The acids on the back end are intense, so the tang and zip on the finish is powerful. The biggest problem here is a persistent vegetal quality that won't let up.
Bright and flavorful, an appealing wine brimming with melon, vanilla and green berry flavors. A crisp and lively touch of floral character add a nice accent to the finish.
This New Zealand white explodes with zingy flavors, offering lime, pear, black pepper and passion fruit in profusion, echoing beautifully on the lively finish. Drink now.
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