NZ TOP II by Ben Giliberti, CW Director of Wine Education
Although I always enjoy a top-of-line New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, I must confess that I enjoy it even more when it's on a great sale. Through a stroke of luck, we were able to obtain the last 110 cases of the delightful 2010 Forrest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at a special low price directly from the national importer. We are pleased to pass the savings on to you — just $11.99 on case purchases, and $13.99 by the bottle (reg., $17.99). I do highly recommend case purchases, not only because you save a substantial amount of money, but also because a NZ Sauvignon Blanc of this quality rarely comes along at this price.
The 2010 Forrest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a first-rate effort from one of New Zealand's most respected, hands-on producers. It is loaded with the assertive kiwi fruit, citrus, and mineral flavors that launched New Zealand into the upper tier of the world's Sauvignon Blanc producers seemingly overnight. Family owned and operated by John and Brigid Forrest since its founding in 1988, Forrest, along with Cloudy Bay, Goldwater, and a few others, was among the handful of pioneering producers who put the New Zealand wine industry on the map in its early days. Considered the "quintessential Marlborough" Sauvignon Blanc, Forrest makes all of its Sauvignon Blanc from its own vineyards in Marlborough's prime Wairau River Valley area.
Our offering last Fall of the 2009 Forrest Sauvignon Blanc sold out almost instantly. Customers snapped up more than 400 cases in just a few days. The 2010 is even better than the 2009, but unfortunately, the quantities available to us are much more limited. Please act quickly to avoid disappointment.
Read on to get the rest of the story behind John and Brigid Forrest, and their true "labor of love" winery...
Please join importer Eric Platt as he tastes the 2010 Forrest Sauvignon Blanc at CW this Thursday, March 29, from 4:30-7:30pm
Made from six estate-owned vineyards located around Marlborough's prized Wairau River Valley area, this classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is both full-textured and refreshingly crisp on the palate. Even snappier than the excellent 2009, the 2010 opens with an enticing nose of kiwi, lime, mineral/herbs, and a hint of passion fruit, following through on the palate with notes of fresh lemon thyme, apple-citrus and mango. A note of mineral evocative of the wet stone of the Wairau River's flinty riverbed terroir rises on the finish. The Wairau River terroir also provides the potential for additional short-term aging of 6 to 18 months. -- Ben Giliberti
Reg. price $17.99
12+ bottles!$11.99 per bottle
Art Meets Science
Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, John and Brigid returned to Marlborough in 1988 to establish their first vineyard at Renwick, at the heart of the stony Wairau River Valley. Completely passionate about their craft, their avowed winemaking philosophy is to apply their family heritage in farming and their professional training in science and medicine to the art of winemaking. Their very first Sauvignon Blanc, the 1990, was met with immediate success at the New Zealand national medal awards. This success has been repeated many times both nationally and internationally over subsequent decades. The result is wines of the highest quality and purity.
Although small by New Zealand standards, Forrest today has grown to over 20 full time staff, all of whom work collegially with John and Brigid in all areas of the business. This level of staff is essential due to the great range of wines crafted at Forrest. It is not uncommon for the winery to produce over 20 different wines in any one vintage. Assisting John Forrest as winemaker is a technical team headed by enologist Dave Knappstein, along with assistants Chris Andrew and Martin Bell. In the vineyards, which John views as the key to producing premium wine, are viticulturists Tim Alexander and Sue Warner, and five other full time staff. Most have worked with John and Brigid for 10 or more years.
John and Brigid farm nine different vineyards totaling over 300 acres. All are located in the Wairau River Valley, stretching from the Cloudy Bay area to the Brancott Valley. The classic Marlborough terrior — geologically young, stony, free draining, infertile soils — is low yielding, which John considers perfect for premium grape growing. To maximize the grape quality and express the individual character of the soils, the aim is to produce a modest 2.5-4 tons/acre. Spring and summer see a serious shot thinning, crop removal and leaf plucking, with additional pruning as needed until harvest in March and April.
"Our vineyard philosophy is very much sustainably focused," says John, "we want to hand on to the next generation a terroir in better condition than that we inherited."
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