Marlborough, New Zealand
Decanter 95 points! Wine Spectator 90 points!
Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke is a beautiful expression of this grape from the highly regarded Marlborough appellation of New Zealand. The Te Pa and Koha ranges are made by te Pa Wines and epitomize the relaxed yet refined Kiwi lifestyle, espousing the values and quality of one of the cleanest, greenest and most beautiful places in the world - New Zealand. Haysley MacDonald is owner/vigneron.
The fruit for this wine was sourced from select blocks in the lower Wairau Valley. These blocks have been historically the most intensely flavored and balanced in the vineyard. The fruit was hand-harvested and whole bunch pressed. This juice was dropped down, without settling, to 320 L French oak cigars for indigenous fermentation. The cigar shape barrels were chosen as they increase the surface area of the lees, which helps to build weight and texture. After nine months of maturation, a selection of the best barrels was then blended, finished, and bottled.
"Smooth and fleshy apricot, peach and mango flavors reveal an intriguing mix of beeswax and honeysuckle notes, with a whiff of smoke that adds richness and intrigue. Crisp acidity weaves in and out, imparting focus and refreshment. Drink now. 500 cases made, 100 cases imported." - MW, Wine Spectator, 90 points!
Te Pa Sauvignon Blanc Oke shows notes of stone and tropical fruit, citrus blossom, and just a hint of lightly smoked vanilla. Delicious with seafood and roasted poultry.