Spy Valley 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.
Passion fruit, ripe melon, herbal notes and hints of mineral come through on the nose. The fruit follows on the palate with great weight and crisp acidity. Pair with a number of cold salads (mixed greens, pasta, potato), lighter chicken fare, and a variety of your go-to seafood dishes.
Harvested in the cool of the morning, fruit was gently pressed and kept as small vineyard batches up until blending. Predominantly fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve fruit purity, there were also several blocks that fermented in barrels and provide a layer of texture and complexity.