Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Marlborough, New Zealand
This wine was named after a monkey that was believe to live there in the 19th century and monkeys weren't even indigenous to this area.
These grapes are grown in the Rarangi vineyards that sit on the coast in the Wairu Valley, which is south of Monkey Bay. The Wairu Valley is the primary area where grapes are planted in Marlborough. Marlborough is now the primary wine producing region in all of New Zealand. Winemaking began there in the 1970's with Sauvignon Blanc being the dominant grape.
Rarangi means “sunny days” in Maori, which is appropriate for this area as it has a cool, maritime climate with long, sunny days creating a lengthy ripening time. The soils are gravely and well-drained.This wine was a light style wine with bright, crisp acidity. On the palate, tropical fruit with your typical green and grapefruit tastes of New Zealand, but not as strong as some of the others I have tried over the years. This wine ended with a nice, clean finish.