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Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley 2011

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A serious, concentrated and expressive wine, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a powerful bouquet of fresh herbs and tropical fruits layered with ripe stone fruit and bright citrus. The wine is crisp, balanced and elegant with a distinctive mineral note that holds up well to rich, spicy foods.

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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 Awatere Valley

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065212,912
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 12/09/2010

Very intense on the nose with typical aromas of grass and jalapeno over a core of light orchard fruits. Light-bodied in the mouth but very well-balanced, allowing the mostly herbal tones of the fruit to express themselves in the mouth while the overt fruit takes back seat until it re-emerges on the citrussy finish. 88pts


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Snooth User: penguinoid
1482961,216
3.00 5
Vintage: 2010 04/22/2012

Nose: asparagus, lime, hints of gooseberry, smoky/flinty edge?. nettle. Intense, green & citrussy. Palate: Lime, asparagus, gooseberry, lemon, lime peel, nettle? Fresh, crisp, crunch acidity. Crunchy, slight phenolic edge. Slight hint of minerality in finish. Savoury on finish.


Snooth User: YouBooze
1103047147
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 05/23/2012

The aromatics are strong and expressive, displaying heavy tropical notes of fresh herbs, guava and a slight hint of grassiness. This wine is extremely crisp where you'll find flavors of passion fruit, grapefruit and guava without being overly sweet. These flavors are accompanied by a bright, mouthwatering acidity that begs you to take another sip. This wine sets itself apart from other NZ Sauv Blancs due to it not being overly sweet, aggressive or grassy - ie. Kim Crawford, Nobilo, Starborough.


Snooth User: bpm
3475736
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 09/30/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: Carly Wray
196958852
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 04/08/2010

The very definition of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Almost-shocking green bell pepper, jalapeno, and citrus on the nose, and from there, it's straight across the plate: tall grass, passionfruit, and long-lasting acidity so electric you could read by it.


Snooth User: sheryoung
4587017
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 03/21/2008

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: jasonkauf
32776948
4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 01/26/2008

Super Yum. First a bunch of the straw, cat-pee, grapefruit explosion on the nose.... grapefruit and even a touch of banana on the finish. Second night, it was all about the pineapple soda. Maybe a hint hint of kiwi.


External Reviews for Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley

External Review
Vintage: 2010 09/23/2011

"A serious


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

Silky, with green apple and melon flavors on a lively frame. Drink now.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/04/2012

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: 2009 04/28/2010

This wine shows lifted passionfruit and fresh tropical notes on the nose. These flavours follow through on to the richly structured palate, which has a long crisp finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2010

1 x 750ML Bottle


External Review
Vintage: 2008 06/23/2009

This is Vavasour's entry level Sauvignon Blanc. It's dry yet rich and round on the palate with fresh grassy fruit and yellow fruit galore.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 01/16/2009

Sourced 100% from the Awatare Valley. An attractive, grassy and gooseberry nose with some attractive hints of passion fruit and white peach. A neutral entry on the palate but very hood weight on the palate with an attractive minerally finish. Very fi... Robert Parker. A Sauvignon Blanc wine from Marlborough in New Zealand. 2007 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc 750ml



A serious, concentrated and expressive wine, Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc flaunts a powerful bouquet of fresh herbs and tropical fruits layered with ripe stone fruit and bright citrus. The wine is crisp, balanced and elegant with a distinctive mineral note that holds up well to rich, spicy foods.

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