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Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand 2021
Aromatics of gooseberry and passionfruit epitomise the classic Marlborough style. Refined and elegant with a generous mid and back palate.

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Wairau River (pronounced why-rhoo) is Maori for 'Many Waters' reflecting the intricate braided pattern the river has carved on its path to the Pacific Ocean. It is on these riverbanks that Phil and Chris Rose planted their first vines in 1978.

Grape varieties

Sauvignon Blanc


Marlborough is located on the northeastern edge of the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Marlbourgh started making wine in 1875, however, the modern story really starts in 1973 when Montana planted Sauvignon Blanc and took the wine by storm. In addition to its variety defining Sauvignon Blanc it producers excellent Rieslings and Pinot Noirs.


These wines are more distinctive in style than the mainstream grape varieties and usually provoke a love/hate response! Worth testing out on your tastebuds is a Gewurztraminer for a luscious & fragrant wine with lychee, lime and apricot aromas. This wine is wonderful with Chinese or Thai food. Discover the full on fruitiness of the fabulous Riesling grape which develops petrol aromas as it ages.

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