Satellite Sauvignon Blanc (750ml)
First established in 1993 by Bryan and Jan Johnson in Marlborough, the couple started with 153ha and have since grown to 162ha+ across the region. Producing their first vintage under the Spy Valley label in 2000, the winery is still 100% family-owned, something of a rarity in New Zealand today. The winery sits just up the road from the Waihopai Station, a secure communication facility run by the New Zealand government- inspiring the name Spy Valley and its other label, Satellite.
The primary focus lies with Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, two classic varietals found all over the country. However, the team at Spy Valley has a passion for aromatic wines and also grows/produces wines from the following grapes: Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Syrah, and Malbec. With 150,000+ cases annually, both the winery and vineyards are certified sustainable by the New Zealand Winegrowing program.
This wine has a bouquet of kiwi, and green apple, with classic Marlborough notes of sweet pea and grapefruit. On the palate the wine has sweet fruit flavours with a bright, crisp palate. Use as an aperitif, pair with cold salad dishes (mixed greens, pasta, potato), or have it alongside your favourite seafood dishes.
The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented dry in the Spy Valley winery. Post ferment tank grading and blend trials are conducted with the Spy Valley blend being the premium selection based upon continuation of style. All other wine, by default, becomes the Satellite blend. The Satellite blend is typically a fruit forward style with emphasis on pink grapefruit with subtle herbal notes and a bit of tropical influence. One factor that sets this wine apart from its competitors is the structure gained from lower cropping vines that reach physiological ripeness before picking.