Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004

Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2004


New Zealand

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An excellent vintage for Sauvignon Blanc, the 2004 autumn in New Zealand produced a Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that sports a pale yellow robe, with a sparkling green hue, brilliant clarity, and oodles of flavor. What's more, a vibrant bouquet of citrus and tropical fruits, with hints of cut grass and capsicum, delights the nose. On the palate, the Wither Hills exhibits crisp elegance, excellent weight, and considerable mouth feel. A bevy of concentrated tropical fruit flavors dominate its flavor profile. Lemon, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple flavors marry beautifully with herbs and a very pleasant grassiness for which the Sauvignon Blanc wines of Marlborough are famous. A crisp refreshing finish that lingers pleasantly in the mouth completes the picture and makes you wish you had another bottle or two of the Wither Hills because one bottle may simply not be enough. We suggest serving the 2004 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc well chilled (35°- 40° F), especially on warm days.
Sauvignon Blanc is made for summer or is summer made for Sauvignon Blanc? In either case, the two are inseparable in our minds, so bring on all the salads, seafood, barbecue, and cold pasta dishes you can muster with the 2004 Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. For a genuine treat, boil up the lobster pot and chill down the Wither Hills. Copious quantities of boiled or steamed lobster, served with drawn butter, fresh corn, and a cold asparagus salad, is all the tasting panel needs to be happy. After all, our tastes are truly simple; we like only the best. Other enjoyable pairings include spaghetti with white clam sauce, shrimp on the barbie, and oysters just about any way you like them or care to prepare them. For the more adventuresome, Spiced Tilapia, drizzled with cilantro and mint vinaigrette, provides another excellent accompaniment. California rolls, Asian stir-fries, and most traditional Japanese fish, vegetable, and noodle dishes offer other splendid choices, so call a friend and have some fun.
The Wither Hills Winery is named after the range of starkly beautiful hills that ring the southern portion of the Wairau Valley. This is Marlborough Country, where vines flourish under ideal conditions. The Wither Hills provide a pristine environment for viticulture that is unmatched anywhere else. Amid cool translucent waters, green grass, and blue skies, one sees the very surroundings reflected in the outstanding Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir produced at the Wither Hills Winery. Surprisingly, grapes are relatively new to both Marlborough and the Wither Hills. In fact, it was not until 1978 that grape growing was actually introduced to Marlborough by viticulturist John Marris. Soon after, Marris’s son Brent was inspired to pursue a career in winemaking and became the first certified winemaker in Marlborough. In 1994, Brent established Wither Hills as his own brand, combining his own winemaking skills with his father’s viticultural expertise. Since its inception, Wither Hills has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation for excellence, which is reflected in enormous critical acclaim and a long list of Trophies and Gold Medals.
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