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Drylands Sauvignon Blanc 2014
  Sauvignon Blanc
  Marlborough New Zealand
     
  Bottle Dozen
 
$ 21 99   $ 261 00
  Bottle Dozen
Available by the dozen
Drylands are a super premium brand of Marlborough wines, made from fruit grown predominantly to the Drylands property and surrounding Rapaura vineyards. The sites are recognized as a salient rendering of the Marlborough style. Small batches of juice are kept separate throughout vinification, each treated to a regimen to suit the vineyard, achieving a range of exciting blend options. The juices are inoculated by yeasts chosen for their ability to enhance aromas, flavours and as mouthfeel. Following fermentation, parcels are matured on lees, further developing palate complexity. Upon completion, batches are assembled into a wine which articulates the inimitable excellence of the Drylands style. Alcohol 12.5%
Drylands really are the top shelf of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The unique soils of Marlborough's golden triangle are home to the Drylands wineworks and illustrious Home Block vineyard, established 1980, one of Marlborough’s oldest sites, where the quality of fruit is nothing less than outstanding, each and every year. Drylands is assembled from parcels picked off the finest small Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, selected on the basis of intensity, structure and balance, each contributes its own exquisite elegance, character and style.
Light yellow hues. An aromatic bouquet of gooseberry, ripe tropical bouquets, pineapples and passionfruit. The palate offers excellent weight of fruit and remarkable complexity, layers of passionfruit and pink grapefruits, melons and fresh herb. Rich and mouthfilling, impressively structured juicy acidity, culminating in a clean, lingering finish. A fantastic aperitif and fine accompaniment to seafood and poultry recipes.
Drylands really are the top shelf of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The unique soils of Marlborough's golden triangle are home to the Drylands wineworks and illustrious Home Block vineyard, established 1980, one of Marlborough’s oldest sites, where the quality of fruit is nothing less than outstanding, each and every year. Drylands is assembled from parcels picked off the finest small Sauvignon Blanc vineyards, selected on the basis of intensity, structure and balance, each contributes its own exquisite elegance, character and style.
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Drylands is the Marlborough Winery of Nobilo Wine Group, the home of the Drylands Vineyard and the Drylands brand

Drylands are a super premium range of Marlborough varietals made from grapes predominantly drawn from the Drylands and surrounding Rapaura area vineyards. These are recognized by all as an excellent expression of the Marlborough style. Drylands vineyard produces Sauvignon Blanc with intensely herbal and some sweaty characters. Fruit from the alluvial silts produce aroma and racy characters while fruit from the stonier sites has a textural character. Fruit from this vineyard shows traditional, typical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc characters. This vineyard now has Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand Accreditation.

 Drylands

Originally a small winery, recent significant improvements have grown Drylands to an impressive 14,000 tonne state-of-the-art winery capable of handling large volumes as well as boutique parcels. Situated near the middle of the Wairau Valley Region, 30m above sea level, the current Winery Block comprises 43ha Sauvignon Blanc, 1.5ha Semillon, and 1.5ha Chardonnay. The region immediately adjacent to the winery buildings has some of the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vines, going back to 1980.

The Wairau River, from which the Wairau plains are formed, has meandered across the valley floor during the past centuries. This has left behind an intricate pattern of gravels and silts which have been laid down. These changes in soils can occur within short distances and often more than once in any particular vineyard block. Drylands Vineyard is like this, with river gravels and pockets of silt occurring sometimes within the same row of grapes.

This most innovative of New Zealand's winerys stands on land originally tamed by the pioneering Robinson family

These earliest settlers farmed here for generations, and after weathering the climactic droughts of the 1970’s they christened the 33-acre block Drylands. It was 1980 when Ewan Robinson brought in the area’s first grapes. Planted on their own rootstocks, the Sauvignon Blanc at Drylands’ Home Block are now some of Marlborough’s oldest established vines.

 Drylands

Rugged mountains fringed by a pristine coastline, glacial valleys that help create free-draining soils and a series of individual microclimates… when the wine world thinks of New Zealand, their first thought is Marlborough. A winemaker’s paradise, this environment offers up an incredibly wide selection of flavour components as the long dry summer days and cool nights allow grapes full character development.

A valley carved by the meandering Wairau River has become the source of the region’s most acclaimed wines. It is here that an intricate pattern of gravels and silts has been laid down by centuries of river shift. The stonier soils produce a textural character in the fruit, whilst the rich alluvial silts impart aromatic and racy qualities. Often these soil variations can occur within the same row of grapes, and this defines the unique harvest of the Drylands Vineyard. With a small harvest that rarely lasts more than two weeks, both time and care run at a premium

Free-run juice is separated from pressed juice for individual cold fermentation within twelve hours of entering the winery. The word intensity defines not only the fruit characteristics, but also the Drylands winecrafting process. Master Winemaker Darryl Woolley always said he was searching for the best. After 30+ years in the industry, he may have found it with Drylands.

Creating and developing the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a daily passion for Darryl and his team. That same pioneering approach is also reflected in their work with the Chardonnay, Dry Riesling, Pinot Gris, Merlot and Pinot Noir. In Drylands, Darryl has allowed the extraordinary character and individuality of each site’s fruit to shine through, and his exceedingly high standards for quality are evident in every bottle. It is these attributes that have become the cornerstone of Drylands.

Drylands

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