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The Ned Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 £11.95
THE NED MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Born of the Waihopai Valley, The Ned represents the vibrant diversity that is so prevalent in the Marlborough wine-growing region. One of Marlborough’s famous peaks, The Ned mountain served as the playground for Marisco founder, Brent Marris, during his youth. The ethos “Young At Heart” encapsulates this wine; a true expression of grassroots winemaking that places the energy and liveliness of adventure in every bottle.
The growing season of vintage 2019 in Marlborough has resulted in a smaller than expected yield across the entire region but also delivered intensely flavoured fruit of exceptional quality. Well established soil moisture levels set it up perfectly for an uncharacteristically warm winter. Spring produced near-perfect conditions for bud-burst and canopy establishment while a lack of any significant spring frosts resulted in very high yield predictions. Above-average rainfall combined with below-average wind and sunshine hours in December meant flowering and fruit set was slightly below earlier predictions. However, almost drought-like conditions from Christmas onwards meant a dry, hot ripening season allowing the fruit to reach intense levels of flavour and ripeness. It also meant that despite some heavy, late-season rain the fruit was in immaculate condition come harvest time and in pristine condition on receival at the winery. The highs and lows of the 2019 vintage threw up some challenges but a well-prepared vineyard and winery team significantly reduced the potential impact of these events. The end results are some incredibly concentrated, ripe and balanced wines of extraordinary quality.
The preservation of aromatic and fruit flavours from the vineyard through to the winery is of the utmost importance in the Sauvignon Blanc. Thus, fruit is 100% field destemmed before being gently pressed into stainless steel tanks. The juice is fermented at cool temperatures with selected yeast strains aimed at developing a full flavour spectrum: from green and citrus notes to riper, more tropical flavours.
A classic, warm vintage expression of Waihopai Valley Sauvignon Blanc. A lifted perfume of lime leaf, passion fruit pulp and fine mineral complexities are delivered on a palate that sets plush, smooth textures against a nervous tension created by bright acidity. Pair The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2019 with dishes that complement its powerful aromatics and flavour; try flash-roasted salmon with a chilli, lime and coriander glaze accompanied by a crunchy green salad. You won’t be disappointed!
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