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Wine tour operator, wine writer and lapsed physiotherapist. "Nature abhors a vacuum. I personally hate dusting."


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hunter's Marlborough Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009 $NZ15

Jane Hunter heads the very successful company, Hunter's Wines, founded by Jane and her late husband, Ernie in 1983. Hunter’s Wines have since won more than 100 gold medals at national and international wine competitions. The winery and café is set among native gardens where a vine-covered trellised walkway links the café, wine shop and art gallery. The wines available for tasting include current vintages and ‘library’ wine tastings.

I was lucky enough to have hosted Jane Hunter and her partner on one of my Kumeu wine tours, a few years back.
She was very laid back and affable - preferring to stay under the radar, and just anonymously sample Kumeu's finest. More recently, I managed to attend her book launch and get a signed copy of her biography.

So, I do feel a closer than usual connection to Jane and Her wines.

This 2009 Savvie is wonderful. As a reluctant Marlborough Sav drinker, I was pleasantly surprised by the full and mellow flavour. It has the usual Marlborough aroma suspects: cut grass, gooseberry, and green bell pepper.But it also shows some tropical fruit notes and a hint of minerality.

Perhaps a year in the bottle allowed this one to mellow out - certainly it lacks the swingeing acidity of a brand new Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Yum My kinda Sav!

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