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Product code: 2861

Zephyr, Agent, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018

Zephyr, Agent, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2018

Producer Profile

Ben Glover, of Wither Hills fame, is now focusing on matters closer to home and has taken charge of his family winery, Zephyr.

Referring to himself humbly as the janitor, Ben creates wines from their own vineyards in the renowned Marlborough sub-region of Dillon's Point. The whites especially deserve to be compared with other world class whites rather than merely the best of Marlborough. No more so than with the MKIII Sauvignon Blanc, that is a star in any line up. Taken from the Rabbit Island block that, thanks to its East/West planting, captures both wonderful aromatics and lush tropical notes in its grapes. Once pressed, the juice ferments in barrels to produce a complex, waxy Graves lookalike, albeit at a rather more accessible price point.

Viticulture

Vines are grown on the silt loam, free draining soils on the banks of the Opawa river. Vines average 20 years old and are farmed organically although not certified. Vertical shoot positioning with 2 canes per cordon averaging a yield of 4kg a vine.

Winemaking

Hand picked, then whole bunch fermented with 10% of the Sauv Blanc destemmed on top, left on skins for 30 days until pressed off by traditional treading then settled and then moved to 2 stainless steel barrels to relax for 9 months, before being blended and bottled.

Oak Treatment

No oak treatment

Tasting Note

Youthful fruity and aromatic, this is a rather unique blend of three noble varieties. Dry and fresh fruit acidity, tropical fruits meeting with spicy notes and a touch of flora.

Food Matching

An ideal aperitif and for dishes of fish or shellfish.

Technical Details
Varieties:
Sauvignon Blanc 35%
Riesling 35%
Gewürztraminer 30%
ABV:
12%

Closure:
Screw cap

Colour:
White

Style:
Still wine

Case Size:
6 x 75cl