Faith restored in Marlborough

Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2010

LAWRENCE MURPHY: Spicing up the top of this summer's crops

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I organised a wine tasting this week and I’m glad to say it has restored my faith in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

This is a style of wine which may well be flying off the supermarket shelves, but for me has begun to become a bit too predictable.

Stanley Estates was founded by British couple Bridget Ennals and Steve Pellet and takes its name from a Land Rover they used to travel through Africa in the 1990s, which they named Stanley after the famous explorer. In 2003 they moved to New Zealand and bought some land in the Awatere Valley, a sub-region of Marlborough, and established a vineyard.

This is now planted with sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and a little albarino. For me it’s the sauvignon blanc that really stands out, but there are really exciting things happening at this estate. The label looks a little like someone has coloured in the famous Cloudy Bay label and to be honest the sauvignon blanc tastes like someone has added colour to the wine as well. Thrilling stuff.

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Stanley Estates Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Awatere Valley, Marlborough

The nose shows classic passion fruit and gooseberry with some green pepper in the background, followed by a zesty, mouth-watering freshness and wonderful length – brilliant.

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