Kōtuku bottle

Kōtuku

Sauvignon Blanc, 2016

In 1973, Allan Scott took a job planting vines in a former sheep paddock—but there didn’t seem to be a future in the work. He didn’t know anyone in New Zealand who drank wine, or even where to buy a bottle. That vineyard, however, would spawn the wine industry in Marlborough—the world’s best spot for Sauvignon Blanc. Allan became a world-renowned viticulturist, and he knows the nuances of every vineyard in Marlborough. He knows a few wine drinkers now, too.

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Kōtuku Sauvignon Blanc matches the style that made the wines of New Zealand world-famous: bursting with tropical-fruit flavors and mouthwatering freshness that turns sips into unabashed gulps.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Passion fruit
Grapefruit
Lemon
Gooseberry

Pairing

Sauvignon Blanc is your go-to for any dish with goat cheese, which tastes creamier with the wine’s zesty acidity. It also enlivens seafood, just like squeezing a lemon over food.

More About The Wine

Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest, most important wine region. Most of the vineyards are planted in the Wairau River Valley, the soils packed with nutrients grapevines love. The maritime climate’s sunny, breezy days develop Sauvignon Blanc’s signature tropical-fruit flavors, and cool nights preserve the grapes’ bright, citrusy freshness.

DID YOU KNOW?

Kiwi winemakers joke their Sauvignon Blancs smell like “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush.” The powerful aromas come from compounds in the grapes called pyrazines.

  • VARIETY
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Marlborough, New Zealand
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    12.7%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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