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Stephen C. Pannell is one of Australia's most decorated winemakers, Jimmy Watson and twice Max Schubert Trophy winner, London International Winemaker of Year and Chairman National Wine Show. Pannell grew up amongst the illustrious plantings of his parents vineyards at Moss Wood, he established the profoundly artisanal Picardy of Pemberton and found time in between tours of duty at Wirra Wirra, Tintara and BRL Hardy, to do vintage in Burgundy, at the illustrious Mouton Rothschild and amongst the grand old vines of Barolo. Whatever the brand, regardless of vintage, S.C. Pannell's extraordinary wines are all distinct for their remarkable splendour, beguiling multi dimensionalism and breathtakingly seamless complexity... Peerless value by our nation's finest»

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc CONFIRM VINTAGE

Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Long recognised in New Zealand and Australia for it's consistent production of vital Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the rest of the world is now catching on, as Stoneleigh has been added to the winelist at London's prestigious Ritz. Stoneleigh's vineyards are located at the northern end of the Wairau Valley in close proximity to the mighty Wairau River. Often referred to as the Rapaura Series of soils, they are characterised by their relative youth, based on river silts and stones. Poor in nutrients and water retention, they yield intense fruit and vibrant wines.
Available by the dozen
Case of 12
Stoneleigh's vineyards are covered with smooth stones which reflect the sun's rays, enhancing the ripening process by day, whilst retaining warmth throughout the cool Marlborough nights. Clonally the Sauvignon Blanc is mainly mass selected on a mix of five main rootstocks these being SO4 and 3309, 101/14, RG and Schwarzmann. Grapes are harvested and treated to bag presses or tippy tanks. Juices are drained and pressed from skins to minimise excessive phenolic extraction, followed by a settling to remove solids. The bright, clear juices are then racked to inoculation by select aromatic yeast and fermentation at cool temperatures to retain the distinctive regional and varietal characters.
Light straw hues, subtle greens. Pungent sweaty aromas, lifted tropical fruit aromatics, passionfruits and ruby grapefruit most dominant. The palate features ripe melon and stone fruit flavours, complex minerality balanced by a tight, fresh acidity, a vibrant and lively wine. Best enjoyed while young and exuberant, slightly chilled with delicate white meat or the freshest seafood.
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