The Wines of the Wither Hills Single Vineyards – Rarangi , Benmorven and Taylor River – test the senses and demonstrate the superb synergy between region, vineyard site, variety and the winemaker. These vineyards define our unique sense of place within Marlborough.
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"Just bottled in November, the Wither Hills team hold this back in the cellar for a few months before releasing. The wine sits on yeast lees for some time, with the aim according to Sally to drive minerality, texture and precision of line. There’s some lovely complexity here with this bone dry white which has citrus acidity, grassy notes and a steely and mineral character. Ben Glover has provided some quirky notes on each wine. This Rarangi, he says, “Is a wine to sit and savour with cerebral friends” – or a stylish sipper I say."
Katrina Holden, www.sipyourstyle.com.au, (29/FEB/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Minerality, umami, old foreshore, sea salt, and lime is the backbone to this wine. Lemongrass, kaffir lime, cardamom, rock melon with subtle herbal aromas present themselves, with the palate dedicated to texture, crunchy ‘intelligent’ acidity and a ripe phenolic spine.
It is a Sauvignon Blanc, suited to a variety of foods; from melon wrapped in prosciutto, shellfish, to light Thai dishes infused with coriander and lime zest.
Another magic ripening season with the main difference to recent years being the amount of rainfall in spring which really saw Marlborough have some of the best looking canopies and healthy vines come harvest that I have seen since 2003. This allowed the vine to work at its own speed and when we had the predicted ‘warmer than usual’ summer, the vines thrived and the fruit settled in for a great run into harvest. These slightly warmer nights and days have allowed the Sauvignon Blanc to show some more fleshiness and riper acidity hence
are showing better earlier than in the last two vintages – although this will not hamper longevity – another great Sauvignon vintage to behold and savour!