Zephyr MKIII Sauvignon Blanc is a complex and refined, with rich notes of lime, peaches and melon on the palate. Smooth and long, this wine is perfect for drinking now.
The Winemaker | “designed to disrupt conventional thinking. The MKIII is all about line, texture, secondary nuances and the joy of discovery”.
Colour | lemon skin | pale straw
Nose | fennel | funk | cut straw
Palate | lime | coriander seed | umami | corrupt acidity
Food match | rock cod | scallops | prosciutto | soft goats cheese
The soils of the site are fertile and the aspect is north facing. While the sub-region is described as ‘early country’, sheltered from the harsh southerly weather patterns, sitting in the lee of the Wither Hills to the south east of the Wairau Valley floor.
Furthermore the vineyard is only three kilometres from the high tide mark and the vineyard is approximating 10 metres above sea level.
Being close to the sea, in some years they see a very unique flavour profile in some of the wines. There is a distinctive umami note, a salty influence that creates a unique sense of place from this single vineyard site.
Moreover the soil structure is Kaiapoi silt loam. It has a fertile soil profile, which borders the Opawa river. As you move north, away from the river, the soils become more clay loam in structure.
Ben is a past Wine Marlborough committee member, chair of the Bragato Wine Show (New Zealand’s only single vineyard wine show) and was chair of Pinot Noir 2017 New Zealand, the world’s largest and most prestigious pinot noir event, held every four years in Wellington.
He was an inaugural Len Evans scholar in 2001 and has over 25 years of experience as a national and international wine judge, testimony to his dedication to quality wine – both as a winemaker and as an appreciative wine drinker.