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Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011
Monkey Bay Chardonnay 2006 Vintage: 2006 Region: New Zealand — East Coast Grape Varieties: Chardonnay Alcohol: 13.5% by volume pH: 3.49 Total Acidity: 5.9 grams/litre Vitification: Grapes from two premium East Coast winegrowing regions have been blended to create the Monkey Bay Chardonnay. Gisborne, lying on the East Coast of the North Island, is fondly known as the ‘Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand’. Hawkes Bay, situated to the south of Gisborne, is New Zealand’s most diverse winegrowing region. The combination of different sites, clonal selections and viticultural techniques provide variety and complexity in the aroma and flavor spectrum of the Monkey Bay Chardonnay. Vinification: Near perfect weather of consistently mild conditions throughout the 2006 vintage ensured that the fruit has been of outstanding quality. As a consequence grapes were harvested at optimum maturity, with excellent flavor, sugar and acid profiles. The grapes were crushed, destemmed and pressed, with minimal skin contact. The juice was inoculated with a selection of yeasts and fermented cool in stainless steel tanks, with a small percentage of the blend maturing on oak for several months. Approximately fifty percent of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation and remained on yeast lees to soften and add richness to the palate. The final blend was lightly fined and sterile filtered prior to bottling. Colour: Pale straw in colour with brilliant clarity. Aroma: A bouquet of ripe citrus and tropical fruit. Palate: Monkey Bay Chardonnay has been crafted in a charming, refreshing style, its rich, creamy texture balanced by lively acidity. Flavors of ripe grapefruit, melon and peach linger on the palate in a crisp, dry finish.
The nose was alive with intense grapefruit, white florals and wet mineral laden stone. On the palate it was electric and refreshing with tense acidity that really made it pop in the mouth. Sweet lemony grapefruit turned tart with a hint of peach and a rush from mouthwatering acidity. The finish was clean with tart citrus fruit left hanging on the senses. A nice QPR if you're in the mood for a New Zealand Sauv Blanc. It's easy drinking and fun with all the right NZ tells.
Not a top New Zealand but well made with all the right characteristics of the region. Just feel that it could have a bit more bite.
I'm not a big fan of S. blancs but this wine just made it to my list of fruity and delicious wines. To me, it taste more like Passion fruit than grapefruit.
External Reviews for Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
COLORPale lemon in color, with green tints and brilliant clarity.AROMALifted aromas of gooseberry, bell pepper, and newly mown grass, with some pineapple and melon notes.PALATEA fresh, lively, approachable wine with an excellent balance of fruit sweetness and juicy acidity. Vibrant presence on the palate with an exhilarating finish.FOOD PAIRINGEnjoyable on its own or paired with chicken or seafood dishes.COMPOSITION:100% Sauvignon BlancAPPELLATION:Marlborough, New ZealandHARVEST DATE: April/May, 2011TA: 6.8g/LpH: 3.3RS: 7g/LALCOHOL: 12.5%
COLORPale lemon in color, with green tints and brilliant clarity.AROMALifted aromas of gooseberry, bell pepper, and newly mown grass, with some pineapple and melon notes.PALATEA fresh, lively, approachable wine with an excellent balance of fruit sweetness and juicy acidity. Vibrant presence on the palate with an exhilarating finish.FOOD PAIRINGEnjoyable on its own or paired with chicken or seafood dishes.COMPOSITION:100% Sauvignon BlancAPPELLATION:Marlborough, New ZealandHARVEST DATE: April/May, 2011TA: 6.8g/LpH: 3.3RS: 7g/LALCOHOL: 12.5% ** SOLD OUT **
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