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Spy Valley - Envoy Sauvignon Blanc 2014


  • Country: New Zealand
  • Wine Region: Marlborough
  • Wine Area: Waihopai Valley
  • Wine Maker: Paul Bourgeois and Kathy-Lee Bird
  • Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Grape Percentage: 100%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 13.80
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 91+ (2012) WS: 88 (2012) D: 5 (2012) BC: 90 (2012) HH: 93 (2012) MC: 4.5 Stars (2012) RC: 18.5+ (2012) Misc (2012)

Wine tasting notes

Pale Straw colour. On the nose Feijoa, white peach and a element of mineral/savoury influences. On the palate layers of fruit unfold over a long, focussed palate. Secondary notes will become apparent over time.

Winery Information

Spy Valley

Bryan and Jan Johnson established the first of their 380 acres of estate vineyards in 1993. Pioneering what was then a Marlborough sub-region, the Johnsons? Lower Waihopai development continued, with the fruit being grown and sold to other wine companies. In 2000, they began producing and selling wine under the Spy Valley label, its name derived from a nearby satellite communications monitoring station (or spy base). There are three ranges of wines within Spy Valley: Satellite, Spy Valley,.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)91+ pts

Wine Advocate Issue #209. Oct 2013. Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2012 Envoy Sauvignon Blanc presents aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon curd and cedar intermingled with passion fruit and green mango hints. Tightly wound and very tart in the mouth, it shows a great concentration of flavors and acid tension before finishing with very good length. Approachable now, it should drink to 2017+.

Wine Spectator (2012)88 pts

Web Only 2014 - As fragrant as peeling a tangerine, offering a vividly light, juicy body bursting with lemon, grapefruit and lime zest notes. An appealing detail of honeysuckle lingers on the finish. Drink now. 700 cases made. ?MW

Decanter (2012)5 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 - Regional Trophy, Best NZ Sauvignon Blanc over £15 - "notes: Attractive, integrated oak enhances a ripe fruit palate of peaches and smoky preserved lemons with impressive intensity. Exquisitely balanced, this shows great minerality and texture, leading to a creamy vanilla finish, where crisp acidity lends a mouth-tingling freshness."

Bob Campbell MW (2012)90 pts

Concentrated, flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with passion fruit, nectarine, red capsicum and a suggestion of nutty yeast lees character. A rich and complex wine showing good varietal character with impressive complexity.

Huon Hooke (2012)93 pts

Bright, light to medium yellow colour, with a definite oak influence adding a toasty, cedary note to the bouquet. The palate is very intense and alive with richness and dimension. The oak is very present, but the concentrated varietal fruit is more than equal to the task. High acid carries it all along well. An impressive, lovely wine.

Michael Cooper (2012)4.5 stars

Bright light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and dry (2.1 grams/litre of residual sugar), with grapefruit, lime and slight nut flavours that linger well. An elegant, subtle style, it is tautly structured, with good complexity and obvious potential; open mid-2014+

Raymond Chan (2012)18.5+ pts

Hand-picked Bordeaux clone fruit from 75% ‘River’ block and 25% ‘E Block’, fermented in various oak vessels to 13.5% alc. and 2.1 g/L RS, the wine aged 11 months on oak on lees with partial MLF. Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, lighter on edge. The nose is elegant and fresh with intensely expressed aromas of nectarines, greengages and fresh herbs along with subtle spicy, nutty oak notes, and cooler spectrum gooseberry and nettle-like fruit suggestions, all harmoniously entwined. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, tightly concentrated and intensely penetrating flavours of nectarines and green stonefruits form a well-packed core. Spicy oak elements add layers of detail and support the fruit, providing the palate with weight, fine textures and depth. The flavours are vibrant and the mouthfeel is fresh with great vitality and tension, from racy and brisk, biting acidity. The acidity and fine phenolics carry the powerful flavours to a very long, linear, dry finish. This is a very fresh and vibrantly racy, oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc with intensely concentrated flavours and detailing. Match with seafood and herb-marinated poultry dishes over the next 3+ years.

Miscellaneous (2012)

Uk Sommelier Wine Awards, Gold Medal - "Serious in structure and seriously stylish wins Gold for this wine. Big, firm and oaky, this wine has a good tension and smoky intensity, while the palate shows guava and tinned pear alongside other fruit, and has a 'lovely intense and fresh fusion', according to team leader Simon Woods."

Vinification Notes

Hand-picked fruit from select rows planted with Bordeaux based clones was pressed and the juice slowly fermented in various wood barrels. The wine remained in wood vessels on lees for 11 months before blending and bottling.