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Starborough® 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

The Source:

The Marlborough district of New Zealand's South Island has set the world standard for crisp Sauvignon Blanc wines. Marlborough is on the east coast of the island, with a ridge of mountains to the west, which limits rainfall and helps make it one of the sunniest areas of New Zealand. The landscape is pierced by deep, fjord-like bays, called "sounds", which enhance the moderating maritime influence and help extend the growing season for wine grapes. The long, cool growing season helps the wines of this region to develop rich layers of flavor with a distinctive, refreshing character.


Although it did not appear promising to begin with, the 2010 season outperformed the superb 2009 vintage in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The latter half of the growing season experienced high temperatures and ripening advanced rapidly, delivering the harvest on time. From late December on the season was warm and dry. The harvest was short and sharp, rarely interrupted by rain, providing for stunning structure, amazing depth and flavor along with balanced ripeness.


The grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, and lightly pressed in order to avoid over extraction of bitter tannins from the skins. The must was then fermented in upright stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures for 30 days. The wine was filtered prior to bottling.

The Wine:

The 2010 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc's crisp, approachable style is characterized by layers of citrus and ripe tropical fruit with some herbal notes. The wine shows flavors of passion fruit, guava and kiwi over a citrus background.

Varietal Content: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Titratable Acidity: 0.76 g/100 mL
pH: 3.3
Alcohol: 13.5%
Residual Sugar: 0.35 g/100 mL

View our 2011 winemaker note.
sauvignon blanc grapes

The Starborough 2011 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has refreshing tropical fruit accents highlighted by lively acidity.