Greenhough ‘River Garden’ Sauvignon Blanc 2020

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Description

A classic ‘top of the south’ style Sauvi from Nelson, vibrant, crunchy and organic to boot.

Organically grown on the Home and Morison Vineyards, the fruit was harvested in several parcels to ensure a spectrum and balance of flavours. Predominantly tank fermented using a selection of aromatic yeasts, a small percentage of high-solids juice was wild fermented in barrel, contributing a subtle but distinctive savoury, spicy and textural character to the finished wine.

Generous, bright aromas of floral citrus, fresh passionfruit, melon, spice and a nettly, crushed herb fragrance. The palate has an appealing breadth, a succulent core of soft citrus and rock melon suggestive of sweetness in spite of being totally dry in style. A fine, mineral acidity balances and refreshes this fruit-rich, almost creamy mouthfeel which finishes with a hint of aromatic spice.

  • Zesty, aromatic, fruity
  • 750ml
  • 13% Alcohol
  • Screwcap
  • Drink by 2023
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Producer: Greenhough Wines

In late 1990, a young couple left Auckland to re-settle in a rural pocket of Nelson, encouragingly named ‘Hope’. Swapping city for country life, Andrew and Jenny Greenhough took on a four hectare property determined to create something of their own. The vineyard had been partially established in the mid-70s by a pioneer amateur winemaker, heavy-cropping Muller Thurgau and green-edged Cabernet Sauvignon vines were removed, a property next door was purchased, and new Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted. In 2008, Andrew and Jenny challenged themselves again, committing to organics and beginning the conversion to full BioGro NZ certification. All of the now 9 hectares are certified organic.

Nelson has a unique, sheltered climate, protected by mountain ranges to the south, east and west, with mild sea breezes from Tasman Bay to the north mitigating frosts through spring and autumn, and easing the heat in summer. Clear, cool nights preserve flavour and varietal character, letting fruit acids reduce gradually over settled autumn months; a mineral, fruit-based acidity underpins all varieties providing definition, structure and elegance. These are true wines of place, each batch an autobiography, from the sea that shaped the land to the hand that picked the grapes.

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90 Points
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2019 vintage)
5 Stars
Michael Cooper NZ Wine Buyer's Guide 2020 (2019 vintage)

Reviews

  • NZ Wine Buyer's Guide 2020

    Michael Cooper

    The 2019 vintage is the first to be labelled ‘River Garden’. Fresh and mouth filling, it is sweet-fruited, with generous, ripe tropical-fruit flavours, a subtle seasoning of oak, good drive through the palate, finely balanced acidity and a rounded finish. Already delicious, it offers excellent drinking now to 2021. 5 stars.

  • Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2020

    Joe Cerzwinski

    Showing excellent ripeness and a light touch of silkiness on the palate, the 2019 River Garden Sauvignon Blanc includes a small portion (10%) of barrel-fermented fruit. Nectarine and melon notes are joined by citrus flavors in the medium-bodied wine, which finishes with refreshing acids and lingering hints of tangerine. 90 pts.

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