Matua Valley Sauvignon Blanc Paretai 2004
Brothers Bill and Ross Spence started Matua in a tin shed outside Auckland in 1974, bottling one of New Zealand's first Sauvignon Blancs. They still run the winery, though it was bought by Foster's a few years ago. Paretai is the winery's top Sauvignon, produced from fruit grown on the north side of Marlborough's Wairau River, where near-ideal weather conditions in 2004 delivered vivid wines.
About the Region
A key vineyard region located on the northeastern tip of New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough was the first of that country's wine areas to win worldwide fame. It is known most of all for sauvignon blanc, which often has a pronounced grassy or herbaceous character, but also produces credible chardonnay and quite good pinot noir.