HUNTER’S 2009 MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC
Harvest Date: 30 March – 23 April 2009
Brix at harvest: 22.75 Average
Total Acidity: 7.7 g/l
Residual Sugar: 2.9 g/l
Bottling Date: 8 September 2009
This classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc shows a mixture of citrus, capsicum and ripe tropical fruit aromas. These aromas carry onto the palate which is crisp, multi layered and has a long lingering finish – a very well balanced wine.
100% Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
A mild winter with few frosts and good winter rain replenished the water table. The spring weather was hot and dry leading to a successful even flowering which produced a very good fruit set. There were several rain events in early February which cleared to a perfect dry, warm ripening period with little disease presence.
At Hunter’s we try to preserve all the fresh characters we taste in the vineyard. We think it is essential to study all the fruit very carefully before making that major decision on when to pick – we only get one attempt each year. We pick in the cool of the morning and process the fruit using anaerobic techniques. The cool fruit is de-stemmed, crushed and lightly pressed. We take the greatest of care to handle the fruit as little as possible during these processes thereby retaining maximum fruit character and aromas. The juice is clarified by cold settling, after which it is racked and then fermented for approximately 28 days. We ferment fruit from each vineyard separately in individual stainless steel tanks. Then we draw on each of these different components to blend Hunter’s own complex style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Wine Spectator Magazine, France/New Zealand tasting, May 2010 – 90 points
Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009 – Silver
Wine Orbit, Senior Wine Judge Sam Kim, Nov 2009 – 4.5 stars
TiZwine.com New Release Tasting, November 2009 – 4 stars
Cuisine Magazine, December 2009 – 4 stars
International Cool Climate Wine Show 2010 - Bronze
Liquorland International Wine Competition 2010 - Bronze
2010 International Wine Challenge - Bronze
Winestate Magazine Marlborough Regional Tasting 2010 – 3 stars
Winestate Magazine Marlborough Regional Tasting 2009 – 3 stars
Decanter World Wine Awards Vinexpo 2010 - Commended