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    Barker's Marque

    Arona Sauvignon Blanc

    New Zealand, Marlborough, Marlborough

    White

    Winery Overview

    Barkers Marque offers award-winning wines from Marlborough, New Zealand. These are the kind of wines that enthusiasts are looking for from this land of discovery – clean, fresh and intense wines of the highest quality. And they come from a unique terroir with a distinctive profile. These four Sauvignon Blancs (who says they all taste the same?) over deliver on quality at prices everyone can afford. Husband-and-wife team Simon and Vanessa barker believe that winemaking starts in the vineyard and that fruit carefully tended and managed using sensible, sustainable methods requires minimal intervention from the winemaker to show its potential. The result is wines of quality with unique flavor profiles – wines with a crispness and minerality not found elsewhere in Marlborough.

    Vineyard

    “Muritai”, meaning “Sea Breeze” in Maori, nestles between the bluffs of Blind River half a mile from the sea in the cooler Awatere Valley. There are recognized differences between the wines of the Awatere and Wairau valleys. Awatere wines are fresher and mineral while Wairau wines are more tropical and rounder. Blind River’s most recognizable element is a flinty, smoky minerality. Muritai was planted, mostly, in 2004.

    Soil

    The soil at Muritai overlays gravel and clay. It’s the right kind of almost stone free clay that holds water, making it available to the vine’s root system in our drier micro-climate. The depth of the underlying clay and its water content vary from one end of the vineyard to the other, giving us the variable growing conditions we were seeking.

    Viticulture

    Muritai is located a half mile from the sea in one of the windiest and driest spots in Marlborough. Whilst bud-break is 7-10 days earlier here because of the proximity of a relatively warm sea in the spring, in the summer the breeze is stronger in the Awatere than elsewhere in Marlborough. And it’s strongest where we are, close to the sea. More wind makes our vines less prone to disease, reducing the need for treatments. Wind also reduces temperature, lowering yields and delaying maturity so the grapes see more of the cooler fall evenings. The cool evenings mean larger diurnal temperature changes as well as longer hang times, both of which help develop the aromas and flavors that give our wines their unique intensity.

    Vinification

    Fermentation in stainless steel at 10C. No fining agents used, cold stabilized. A small percentage of Riesling is blended into this wine for additional texture and body.

    Tasting Notes

    On the nose – very intense, luscious tropical fruits with a rich, spiced stone-fruit character and just a nod to a slightly briny, passion-fruit edge. In the mouth, the attack is rich, lush and tropical but beautifully balanced by a taught, deliciously mouth-watering acidity full of super-ripe citrus. The mid palate is bright and light with a fine texture and body. The finish is full of sweet herbs and cut grass, along with an intense, fine, incredibly long smack of passion-fruit and kiwi fruit.

    Scores & Ratings
    90
    Wine Spectator
    89
    Wine Enthusiast
    87
    Wine Spectator
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