Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc white wine
Bishops Leap Sauvignon Blanc is made at the Saint Clair winery in Marlborough, New Zealand, where Saint Clair, a family firm, have made their mark in the world of wine making by winning many awards for their products. The Saint Clair Family Estate is owned by Neal and Judy Ibbotson who are dedicated viticulturists, indeed, pioneers in the science, production and study of grapes in Marlborough since 1978.
The grapes used by the Ibbotsons in the first instance were supplied to local wine companies, but the desire to keep it all "in house" so to speak, was taken some time later with the view to extending the quality achieved in the vineyard through to the finished wine, and this decision led to the establishment of the Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994.
To fully understand any wine one should know a little about the area where the grapes are grown and the wine produced.
Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island and is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, and of course, Sauvignon Blanc Wine. Sauvignon Blanc grapes are picked from the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, giving a wine with aromas of gooseberries, herbs and passion fruit.
It is Marlborough's mix of climate and soils with the talent and expertise of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams, led by Matt Thomson and Hamish Clark which has breathed success into Sauvignon blanc and their mission to create world-class wines which exceed their customers every expectation.
1994 was the year which saw in the start of success and the golden future of the Saint Clair company as it was in that year when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, and since then the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality wine, and thankfully and it's award winning record continues today.
Top International accolades have been accorded to Matt Thomson of Saint Clair for White Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge, September 2008, and also and the coveted trophy for Best New Zealand Wine Producer of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition 2005.
Bishops Leap Sauvignon blanc 2008 is described as 'refreshing and aromatic', as one would assume it would be with infused herbs and the mix of fruit flavours which it contains. This wine has an ABV of 12.5%, and one serving suggestion is that it makes a delightful aperitif and favoured accompaniment to seafood starters, crispy green salads and goat cheese.
A word if we may about Chateau Select and Bill Warry whose hobby was wines, wine regions and pretty much anything to do with wine and its production. Bill has been extremely fortunate in being able to turn a hobby into a business which means that Chateau Select, the London based wine merchants he founded and owns is a very successful hobby!
Last update: 13.07.2016
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