2020-C Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine were sourced from Sound of White (35%), VB Premium at Fairhall (24%) and Murphy’s vineyard at the Spring Creek end of Rapaura Road (17%). The balance was sourced from Grovetown, Blind River, Central Wairau and Renwick. Approximately 5% of the wine has been fermented in oak to add texture.
In the glass, the wine offers a classical profile of citrus and tropical fruits, with a soft herbaceous note. The palate is generous and soft, showing grapefruit and guava with ripe acid, and a precise and cleansing finish with a touch of jalapeño. This flavor profile is quite typical of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Catalina Sounds is named after the majestic Catalina flying boats that once flew across the vast Marlborough Sounds, and represents a journey begun in 2005 with an ambition to produce some of the best wines in Marlborough. When you’re born and bred in Marlborough, the wine industry is bound to rub off on you, and for winemaker Matt Ward, that was very much the case. Having honed his craft at some of New Zealand’s most renowned wineries including Mahi Wines, Seresin Estate and Wither Hills as well as vintages at Domaine De Montille in Meursault, France, Penner-Ash in Oregon and Weingut J.L. Wolf in Wachenheim, Germany, Matt is proud to now call Catalina Sounds home. Matt’s aspiration at Catalina Sounds is to produce excellent quality wines of beautiful fruit expression, interest and finesse. He strives to create wines of great honesty and integrity that are true to their site, while working to build complexity and longevity into the wines. The Sound of White vineyard is the home of Catalina Sounds. Fourteen years ago, this land was a blank canvas and a peaceful, remote haven in the snowy shadows of the majestic Waihopai Ranges. Now it is the bedrock of this estate, with the exceptional beauty of the region providing ready inspiration.