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Wairau River Sauvignon Marlborough 2016

I tasted a New Zealand wine, yesterday, for the first time, for the moment my only "contacts" with New Zealand were limited to crying each time that the team of France took a beating or to run naked in the garden when it happened that we beat the ogre with the fern.

It must be said, I had excuses, because it was not until the 1980s that New Zealand wine gradually found its place on the international scene.

The New Zealand vineyard is the southernmost in the southern hemisphere. It extends over 1200 km between the 45 ° parallel (equivalent to the latitude of Bordeaux in the northern hemisphere) to 35 ° parallel (either the latitude of Napa Valley or northern Morocco in the northern hemisphere) .

On the southern island, maritime influences and relatively cool temperatures give it a climate comparable to that of Burgundy, Alsace or Pays de la Loire.

Located in the northeast of the South Island, the Malborough vineyard is the country's largest vineyard and the leading supplier of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with close to 80% of the country's total harvest.

It was while picking up my wine from Kir at the Nicolas store that I bought to test a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc 2016 from Wairau River.

The grapes harvested in the cool hours of the morning fermented in stainless steel tanks. After blending, the wine rested on light lees before bottling on the Wairau river estate.

Sauvignon reveals all its aromatic potential on New Zealand terroirs, the color is clear with green reflections and offers a mineral nose, on flint with delicate notes of grapefruit.

On the palate, this wine has a rich, mineral attack.

The wine has a fine mineral acidity on the finish which refreshes the palate, leaving you wanting to refill your glass again, which I did.

Drink now between 10 and 12 ° C, this wine (under € 15) will accompany your aperitifs, shellfish or a plate of goat cheese.

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