Sauvignon Blanc Estate Schubert
Martinborough, located within the Wairarapa Valley, was the first of New Zealand`s wine regions to establish world class credentials for producing Pinot Noir. It is east of Wellington, surrounded by the Tararua Mountains with vines planted on alluvial gravel river beds with a limestone subsoil. The Wairarapa Valley is cooler and drier than any other North Island wine region, and like Marlborough across the Cook Strait, it is exposed to the cold winds that funnel in from the ocean. Sauvignon is full flavoured and aromatic, Pinot Noir is impressive with great depth and weight. Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot and Syrah all successfully achieve high quality wines.
Schubert Wines was established by Kai Schubert, a graduate from the Viticulture and Oenology University in Geisenheim, Germany. Working with eminent winemaker Erni Loosen of Bernkastel, Kai gained huge experience working in Europe, the US and South America. In 1998, he acquired a small established vineyard at Dakins Road, Martinborough. Predominantly focused on Pinot Noir, Kai has expanded plantings to include Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Small quantities of white grapes are also planted and result in soft, fruit driven wines.
Located within the Wairarapa Valley of Martinborough, the region is cooler and drier than any other on the North Island, and like Marlborough across the Cook Strait, it is exposed to cold winds that funnel in from the southern ocean. Aged on the `lees` for 5 months the wine shows aromas of grapefruit and sweet melon along with mineral and yeasty notes. Medium bodied on the palate with beautiful balance and a long lasting finish.
Pea risotto, seafood salad, pan fried scallops or lightly grilled salmon.
Awarded 17 points by Rosemary George in DecanterMagazine May 2011.