It’s only the last decade that has seen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc rise to the top of the charts in terms of white wine sales in Australia, but it was back in 1974 that visionary winemaker, Bill Spence, produced the first vintage in the region. And it wasn’t just a first for Matua and the Marlborough Region, but also for New Zealand which, until then, had never made a commercial Sauvignon Blanc.
And what a journey it has been. Bill, I am sure, would never have imagined that just 40 years later, Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough would be the white wine market leader right across Australasia.
Now I have to admit that Sav Blanc has never really whet my whistleA, but its commercial appeal is unsurprising. The Matua comprises grapes from more than 100 individual vineyards across the Marlborough region and is an amalgam of the best that the district has to offer.
It is a rather light colour in the glass but typically pungent as the first whiff delivers a smorgasbord of guava and ripe gooseberry aromas while on the front palate, the tropical fruits really start to reveal themselves. There is a hint of sweetness in the nectarine and canned pineapple characters which develop through the middle, but just enough acidity at the back to protect its modesty.
It’s not a keeper for the cellar but at only around $9.00 a bottle, it will be hard to resist for a Friday afternoon tipple.