Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

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From early morning harvesting to stainless steel fermentation, every stage of this wine’s expert production of ensures it has the hallmark of Marlborough running through it like Blackpool Rock.

When Dave and Christine MacDonald left the city behind 28 years ago, to search for a suitable place to grow wine grapes, they were pioneers.

Having set out simply growing and selling grapes at first, they subsequently decided to start making their own wine.

Today, their winery (its name taken from their children, Blair and Deni), is one of the top producers in the Marlborough region.

Back in 1989, when the MacDonalds established their Conders Bend vineyard, there were fewer than ten wineries in the area.

Now, there are more Marlborough producers than you can shake a stick at but Bladen’s benefits from having had the pick of the land at the outset.

Their mature vines result in wines that are a joy to taste and drink, with some worthy of inclusion in any cellar.

This includes their flagship bottle, this flavoursome Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, made from grapes grown in ideal silty loam soils.

When ripe, these were machine harvested in the early morning so the crop could be brought into the winery before temperatures became too high.

This preserved the aromatic nature of the fruit and enabled a slow start to fermentation, with time taken to extract every nuance from the grapes.

Country: New Zealand
Region: Marlborough
Subregion: Wairau Valley
Vintage: 2015
Colour: White
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
ABV: 13%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Screwcap
Style: Crisp and herbaceous
Drink With: Salmon with an asparagus and Sauvignon Blanc sauce

Tasting notes

On the nose, there are aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit, nettle and some floral hints.

These give way to a plentifully fruited palate with mineral hints, grapefruit zest and herbal notes.

This generous Sauvignon Blanc has finely balanced, zesty acidity and a long clean finish.

It's not overblown but most certainly not lacking in power either.

Roger Barlow, Feb 2017

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