Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, 2011

I have found it is impossible for one vineyard site to produce great Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet sauvignon and Shirza grapes but these are the wines I love to make. The Forefathers concepts is my salvation because we can farm separate appellations for each of these three varieties from three vineyards around the New World. I consider these appellation to be the Forefather appellations for each variety. Being in the perfect place eliminates the need to blend, with complexity coming from the soil and microclimate. This wine is 100% single vineyard, 100% single variety, and 100% single appellation. The Wax Eye Vineyard in Marlborough screams of citrus. Not too grassy and not too much grapefruit but a beautiful balance. High on the east facing glacial soils of the Omaha Beach above the Hawkesbury River, we gain more ripeness than the deeper soils on the valley floor. The fully exposed river sites develop more slowly which really allows the fruit to show through. This wine will make your mouth water for that second glass. Being sustainable, the Wax Eye Vineyard is a very unique place and has been touted as such by some of the most esteemed wine writers. Visit our web site for further information: Wine of New Zealand. Alcohol 13.5% by volume. Bottled by Goldschmidt Vineyards, Stanforth Rd, NZ. Imported by Goldschmidt Vineyards Healdsburg, CA.