Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2006
Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Vintage: 2006 Region: Marlborough, New Zealand Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc Alcohol: 12.5% by volume Total Acidity: 7.0 grams/litre RS: 7.0 grams/litre pH: 3.38 Description: Bearing the image of a frolicking green monkey, Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is delightfully fresh and lively. Overflowing with ripe, sweet flavours of grapefruit and lemon, the palate is infused with delicate herbal characters. Finishing crisp and refreshing, this wine balances intense fruit qualities and zesty acidity with the fullness and complexity derived from maturation on yeast lees. Vitification: Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from the Marlborough region, including our Rarangi vineyard, just south of Monkey Bay, which lies within the larger Cloudy Bay area. Near perfect weather of consistently mild conditions throughout the 2006 vintage ensured that the fruit was of outstanding quality. Harvesting in the Marlborough region was completed some three weeks earlier than expected, with all fruit reaching optimum maturity with excellent sugar and acid profiles. Vinification: Upon harvesting all fruit was crushed and destemmed, with the utilisation of 25 tonne Tipper Tanks allowing more efficient processing of the grapes with minimum handling. After crushing the juice was given between three and five hours of skin contact to aid in the extraction of flavours, before being fermented in stainless steel tanks. Batches of juice were inoculated with a variety of white wine yeast, selected for their ability to enhance fruit intensity and palate complexity. After fermentation the wine remained on yeast lees for two weeks, further enhancing complexity and mouthfeel. The final blend was cold stabilized, lightly fined and sterile filtered prior to bottling. Colour: Pale yellow in colour, with green hues and brilliant clarity. Aroma: A vibrant bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, layered with subtle cut grass aromas. Palate: Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a charming, elegant wine, displaying intense varietal character. Ripe, zesty flavours of grapefruit, kiwi and pineapple are overlaid with fresh cut grass. Finishing crisp and refreshing, the palate balances intense fruit qualities with fresh acidity, fullness and length.
tropical fruit, great with Thai food.
This pales in contrast to any sauvignon blanc I've had from the Marlborough, especially Kim Crawford.
Gooseberry nose, predominantly grapefruit palate with gooseberry, melon, and herbal notes. Somewhat long finish that leaves the same taste in my mouth as eating a fresh grapefruit. Good balance of alcohol and semi-dryness. A good value for $11.
Only slightly sweet, very fruity, but dry and with good mouth feel for a white wine. Very good value for the price.
Tropical fruit and melon on the nose. crisp acid foundation with a smooth texture and long citrus finish
Have got a bottle now
I bought this because I like the Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc from the same Marlborough region, and Monkey Bay is bottled by Nobilo, so I thought it might be similar. It's OK, not even really good. When you can get the Nobilo Sauv Blanc at about the same price why go for Monkey Bay instead, except for maybe the cool monkey name? Edit - I just tried it again after letting it air out a lot and it was better. Still not even good, but I am changing from 1 glass to 1.5 glasses since I wouldn't avoid it anymore.
External Reviews for Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
Winery notes: ' Aromas: Expect a bouquet of ripe grapefruit, kiwifruit and pineapple. Palate: Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a charming, elegant wine, displaying intense varietal character. Crisp and refreshing, with vibrant flavors of ripe citrus and tropical fruit, the palate has excellent weight and length.'