Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand
Montana was launched to international renown in 1990 when it won the Marquis De Goulaine Trophy for best Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world. Now considered the benchmark in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Brancott by Montana is an assemblage of fruit grown to choice Marlborough sites. Three main terroirs predominate, on the northern side of Wairau Valley are young soils based on river silts and stone. At the southern end are older clay deposits, a divergence of terrains which yield Sauvignon Blanc harvests of unique and individual charm.
Marlborough is one of the most exciting places to grow Sauvignon Blanc. Soils in the Awatere Valley further to the south are of an intermediate age based originally on river silts but uplifted with time allowing soil development without further river deposits. A mix of five main rootstocks, SO4, 3309, 101/14, RG and Schwarzman. Most of the grapes are crushed and left in contact with skins for a few hours to increase the extraction process, achieving strength and fullness of flavour. The remainder is gently bag pressed to achieve fresh, clear juices which are fermented slowly at cool temperatures to retain the very distinctive regional and varietal characters. Bottled completely unwooded and unoaked.
Pale straw colur with green hues. Aromas of ripe, red capsicum and gooseberry dominate with tropical pineapple and grapefruit notes apparent. Displays full intensity of fruit, the ripe capsicum and gooseberry flavours with hints of pungency sit well alongside the supporting tropical fruit flavours. A well balanced wine showing the lively, crisp acidity associated with this style.