Rongopai Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011
The 2011 vintage has been selected for In-Flight Economy Class Service on Air New Zealand.
It works well with a white meat dish. Great with oysters or a green salad.
Best enjoyed while young.
After harvest the grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours. The wine was then blended and bottled.
Fresh and lifted melon, apple, and gooseberry aromas look smart on the nose. Spice and minerality increase the appeal. The sweet tropical fruit entry is joined by kiwifruit and some attractive herbal characters. Fresh, approachable acids are complimented by a lovely medium weight. Tangy and zesty on the finish. A more-ish and refreshing wine.
"Bright, very pale straw colour with a clear edge, this has a soft, fullish nose of English gooseberries, even and gentle, matty in expression. Dry, soft and light, the gooseberry fruit flavours are mild in intensity and straightforward, but clean, and supported by crisp acidity. There is good vinosity and some length. Clearly varietal and softly presented, serve as an aperitif and with Asian cuisine over the next 18 months to 2 years."
-Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011
"The 2011 is medium-bodied, with tropical-fruit and herbaceous flavours, fresh, crisp and showing good balance and depth. Fine value."
-Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012