Per­fect pair­ings

A SPE­CIAL COASTAL VINE­YARD SOUTH OF BLEN­HEIM PRO­DUCES SOME OF THE COUN­TRY’S FINEST SAU­VI­GNON BLANC AND PINOT NOIR WINES

NZ Life & Leisure - - Ruth Pretty -

BLIND RIVER VINE­YARD, tucked into a shel­tered spot at the foot of rolling hills south of Blen­heim, is spe­cial sau­vi­gnon blanc grape­grow­ing land.

The vines are planted in a stony clay ac­cess­ing deep veins of min­er­als and nu­tri­ents and are cooled by the sea breeze off the nearby Pa­cific Ocean. The 20ha vine­yard is pre­dom­i­nantly sau­vi­gnon blanc vines with just two hectares of pinot noir.

And so spe­cial are the grapes that the vine­yard is split into five blocks (based on the con­tours of the land) with each treated sep­a­rately and the wines made in­di­vid­u­ally ready for later blend­ing. This en­sures the re­sult­ing wine is the ul­ti­mate in Blind River style and qual­ity.

Blind River sau­vi­gnon blanc is very much hand­made and of lim­ited vol­ume. It is made with 10 per­cent of the juice fer­mented us­ing wild yeast from the vine­yard, in aged, French-oak bar­rels. The wine then spends three months on lees for added com­plex­ity, flavour and tex­ture.

As a won­der­ful match for fine food, this sau­vi­gnon blanc lends it­self to so­phis­ti­cated seafood dishes as it car­ries for­ward sub­tle yet dis­tinct flavours. Blind River asked lead­ing New Zealand chef Martin Bosley to cre­ate the per­fect seafood match for this wine.

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