Made by winemaker John Belsham, this wine is pale green with aromatics of tropical fruits combined with the traditional nettle and herbaceous aromas of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Firm acidity is surrounded by hints of sweet, tropical fruits and herbaceous notes with hints of citrus sneaking in.
The soils on this site are 20,000 years old originating from an alluvial terrace formed during the last glacial period. The silty loams sitting over river-run and volcanic gravels are an ideal soil profile for Pinot Noir and other premium cool-climate varieties. This is a very dry site with 15% less rainfall than the Wairua Valley sites.
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A native New Zealander, John Belsham never sought to be a winemaker; rather winemaking found him. As a university student, Belsham traveled to Europe with friends in 1977. Eventually finding himself broke in Bordeaux, he sought out a vintage job at Chateau Saturnin, a small winery in the Medoc. With an aptitude for science and a naturally keen wine sense, he was asked to stay on as a winemaking apprentice. Quickly becoming fluent in French, Belsham spent 5 years as the understudy of Adrian Tramier, a meticulous winemaker who taught him the art and science of the trade.
Returning to New Zealand with a passion for wine, Belsham set out on a clear career path and was appointed assistant winemaker at Nobilo Vintners in 1982. A rising star, he soon became the sole charge winemaker at Matua Valley and arrived on the Marlborough scene in 1987, when he was appointed winemaker at Hunter Wines.
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