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Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dashwood 2012

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A big roasted pepper character on the nose that’s both grassy and vegetal while remaining lively and freshly citrussy. Bright, lean and mineral on the palate with nice cut and a sweet edge of green kiwi fruit up front. Rather complete with nice length. Ripe, rich and zesty. 89pts

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Vavasour Wines Ltd:
The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of their ancestors is thought to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror. The rooster on the label is from the family crest, the emblem on the rooster is an indication of the family's lineage.The Vavasours arrived in New Zealand and... Read more
The Vavasour family have a strong historical background. They can trace their ancestry back to the time of the Norman invasion of England. One of their ancestors is thought to have been a 'taster' for William the Conqueror. The rooster on the label is from the family crest, the emblem on the rooster is an indication of the family's lineage.The Vavasours arrived in New Zealand and established themselves in the Awatere Valley in 1890. Nearly a century later in the early 1980's Peter Vavasour took a keen interest in the viticultural developments of the Wairau Valley in Marlborough. After some research it was found that the climate and soils of the Awatere region were quite similar to those of the Wairau. In fact, the soil in the Awatere Valley is less fertile (this is a good thing) than the Wairau. Low fertility naturally restricts vigour in the vine. The Awatere Valley is also drier, and with no underground water the vines are bound to struggle. At Vavasour we can control the growth of the vine with the irrigation water. Although the conditions in the Wairau are similar, there are enough differences between the two valleys for us to make unique and individual wines. In 1985, after the site was carefully assessed, the Vavasour family and friends decided to make a serious investment in viticulture - Vavasour Wines was established. The first vineyards (30 acres) planted in the region were on the Vavasour 'home' block. This vineyard was made up of two terraces. The top terrace was planted in Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, while the lower terrace was planted in red varietals - Malbec, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Cabernet. Our first vintage was 1989. Within three years we had won numerous gold medals in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Glenn Thomas, winemaker, won 'winemaker of the year' in 1992. This was a very good start. Those first years officially put the Awatere Valley on the map of great wine making regions. Vavasour have gradually increased production since the early days. We have planted a further 45 acres( a total of 75 acres) and we have contract growers in both the Awatere and Wairau valleys. We are dedicated to the Awatere region and our philosophy is to concentrate on fruit grown in the area. Selected grapes are handpicked; this ensures that only the best fruit makes it into the bottle. Our vineyards are trained on the 'vertical shoot positioning' trellis. This form of trellising suits our growing conditions: it also makes it easier if we have to manipulate the canopy due to seasonal growing conditions. Between Glenn (winemaker) and Allan (viticulturist) every effort has been made to ensure that the vineyard and viticultural techniques are adapted to suit the conditions of the Awatere region. After all great wine is made in the vineyard. In all its viticultural techniques Vavasour have focussed on quality over quantity. The intrinsic value characters of the Awatere valley are perfect for the production of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. The emphasis remains on Sauvignon Blanc, however other varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Riesling will receive the golden 'Vavasour' touch.. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dashwood

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065222,082
0.00 5
Vintage: 2011 05/25/2012

A big roasted pepper character on the nose that’s both grassy and vegetal while remaining lively and freshly citrussy. Bright, lean and mineral on the palate with nice cut and a sweet edge of green kiwi fruit up front. Rather complete with nice length. Ripe, rich and zesty. 89pts


Member Reviews for Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dashwood

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Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 07/26/2011

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Tastes like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
Vintage: 2010 06/15/2012

Solid NZ sauvignon Blanc. Good value.


Snooth User: boof88
730340237
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 08/12/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Girl Drink Drunk
292460642
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 02/01/2010

This is my favorite NZ SB in this price point. The lime, grapefruit and pineapple flavors blend well with pronounced minerality and slight green finish. High acid makes this uber food-friendly.


Snooth User: basilwino
2282621,039
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/27/2009

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Dashwood

External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/29/2012

Pale bright yellow. Pungent aromas of tropical fruits, pepper and smoke. The palate offers decent concentration to the flavors of grapefruit pith and white pepper, with a repeating suggestion of tropical fruits. The moderately persistent finish shows more saline minerality than fruit.


External Review
Vintage: 2011 10/29/2012

Light-bodied, with vivid passion fruit, lime and fresh herb and cut grass notes. Refreshing acidity gives this plenty of momentum on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 08/02/2011

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc is pale straw in color. The nose has stone fruit, citrus and fresh tropical notes that eap from the glass. The palate is expressive with stone fruit, citrus and fresh tropical flavors that linger on through the crisp finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/11/2011

Pale, bright yellow. Grapefruit and tarragon on the slightly herbal nose. Juicy and quite dry, with classic citrus and herbal sauvignon flavors offering good intensity. Could use more depth but finishes with decent persistence.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/11/2011

Lip-smacking, with a mouthwatering acidity that gives a wonderful freshness to the pineapple, melon, peach and ripe mango flavors. Persists on the long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 07/11/2011

From a vintage of balanced weather, the 2004 Sauvignon Blanc exhibits excellent ripeness in its rich pear, apple, talcum powder, and gooseberry aromas. Medium to full-bodied, ample, and satin-textured, this wonderful value bastes the taster's palate with waves of lush spiced gooseberries whose effects linger in its long, seamless finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/03/2012

Boisterous aromas of gooseberries are found in the nose of the 2002 Sauvignon Blanc. It is rich, highly expressive, satin-textured, and well-balanced. Loads of tangy melon, gooseberry, and spice flavors make up its medium-bodied personality. Drink this beauty over the next 2ndash;3 years.


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