Spy Valley 2009
Named after the satellite listening post located over the road from the winery, Spy Valley is in the Waihopai Valley in Marlborough. Happily for us they appear more interested in fine wine than exploding cigars, and recent vintages have seen the winery's trophy cabinet filled to bursting. Like most Marlborough wineries, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc are Spy Valley specialties but winemaker Ant Mackenzie and his team also make a great range of aromatic whites including Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Their quality was recognised in March 2007 when the winery became the first ever producer to win four trophies in the same year at the Sydney Wine Show. This wine encapulates classic New Zealand Sauvignon characters of gooseberry and asparagus, with ripe melon really delicately balanced and at the same time deliciously quaffable. A class act.
Spy Valley Wines, one of Marlborough's leading family owned wine companies. Comprising ten varieties of grapes over 380 acres of estate vineyards, a modern fully integrated winemaking facility and a passion for excellence, Spy Valley consistently produces globally acclaimed award winning wines.
Has a nice effervescent zing! Good acid and nice flavors. - Tasted at Wine Spectator New World Wine Experience 2010
Actually, 3.6 stars. Color, this wine has a nice clean color. It is a little be darker than the regular sauvignon blanc I would get from Australia. On the nose, there a lot of fresh tropical fruits going. I am picking a lot of grapefruit, kiwifruit, pineapple, clean fresh melon, and some grassiness, lime and lemon, very bright nose. Midpalate, very crisp, light, clean, some pears coming through, refreshing. Finish, this wine has a nice decent finish. It is very crisp and lemony. It makes you think of lemon and lime a lot! Some kiwifruit component is coming through. This is a nice summer afternoon wine. Very green, well balanced, nice acidity. It doesn't have that sauvignon blancy cat pee component, which is strange. It is bottled at 13%. I like this wine. It would play off beautifully with sushi and some goat soft cheeses. I am 90 pts on this effort. Happy drinking!
A nose of pure passion fruit that carries through the palate to a juicy finish, a hint of mineral and a bounce of spritzy excitement, not at all what I was expecting from a NZ Sauv Blanc. This will be the best Summer patio wine for 2011 - I guarantee!
Solid effort. The typical NZ citrus profile has a bit of a candied flair making it very approachable.
Oh Lawdy this stuff is fantastic. Hits all the right notes. The best NZ Sauv Blanc I've ever tasted.
External Reviews for Spy Valley
This is bright, lively and distinctive for its apricot, lime and tangerine flavors, which zip nicely through the long, vibrant finish. Drink now. Wine Spectator. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2009 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2009 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc 750ml
Aromas and flavors of pineapple and grapefruit are complicated by a more tropical element and a whiff of fresh herbs. Supple, sweet and generous, with just enough acidity to frame and lift the concentrated fruit flavors. A round style of sauvignon blanc with immediate sex appeal.
Sauvignon Blanc is grown in our Marlborough vineyard on stony riverbed terraces, gently pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks to give intense passionfruit and gooseberry fruit characters. The wine is fruit-driven in style, with complexity from lees ageing for several months in stainless steel tanks before bottling. This wine is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with intense flavours and crisp acid in a dry style.
Good pale yellow. Textbook sauvignon aromas of lemon, white grapefruit and peppery spices. The juicy, bracing white grapefruit, gooseberry, mint and floral flavors convey an impression of energy without coming off as austere. Nicely perfumed and penetrating in the mouth and long on the aftertaste, with lingering notes of quinine, passion fruit and pepper.
A racy, vibrant mouthful of lime, mineral and tropical fruit flavors that seem to burst through the long finish, lingering with an intriguing hint of apricot against lively acidity. Drink now.
Spy Valley's Riesling and Gewürz have consistently scored well, so it is nice to see the Sauvignon finally reach this level of quality. It's crisp and well-structured, with grassy, herbal notes to the fig and grapefruit flavors, and has an authoritative, rich finish.
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