Grove Mill is one of New Zealand's most heralded wineries. It is located at the Northern end of the South Island in the country's finest wine-producing area for Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough.
Grove Mill is one of the pioneers in the Wairau Valley, first planting grapes in 1988. That may seem like a short time ago, but you have to realize that practically nobody ever heard of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc back then, and today it is one of the most popular wines in the world.
Part of Grove Mill's success is certainly the result of the efforts put forth by their winemaker and vineyardist. Alastair Maling has made wine all over the world. In 2000, he became only the third winemaker in New Zealand to pass the rigorous Master of Wine Exam. Mat Duncan tends Grove Mills' 200 acres of vines with a precision and dedication that shows in the wines produced from them.
The grapes for our selection are picked at night, when the weather is cooler. This prevents any spontaneous fermentation should the skin crack on the trip to the winery.
The grapes are then pressed and fermented at cold temperatures, which preserves the delicate fruit component.
The result is a classic rendition of NZ Sauvignon Blanc, sporting lovely gooseberry and white peach flavors and finishing with a refreshing citrus tang.