We first became aware of the Awatere Valley when featuring the spectacular wines of Ant Moore. So naturally, when presented with another wine from this district, we couldn't wait to try it.
Awatere is in the Marlborough appellation of New Zealand. It is located at the northern tip of the South Island where, we believe, the best Sauvignon Blancs in New Zealand are born.
Pebble Cove was crafted by Peter Yealands of Yealands Family Wines. He was one of the first to develop vineyards in Awatere and, like Ant Moore, is considered one of the founders of this appellation. For many years, it was thought that Awatere's steep slopes and strong winds made it questionable for growing great grapes. Yealands proved the skeptics wrong.
Our selection came from Awatere and Wairau Valley, the appellation next door. Together, they present a united front of flavors that go beyond the typical New Zealand offering.
Yes, there is the telltale grapefruit, but it is held in check by the addition of passion fruit, white peach and a touch of lime. This is the result of picking and fermenting each block in the vineyards separately and then carefully blending them, a little at a time, to achieve the balance of flavors they were looking for.
In this case, it all works. From the nose of spice and flowers to the pink grapefruit, nectarine and lime in the mid palate and finish, it all works. It's all good. Make that great.