Kiwis anticipate top 2010 vintage

30 April, 2010

New Zealand’s largest producer Montana is predicting the Marlborough 2010 vintage will be one of the finest in recent memory.

The company says lower yields and optimum temperatures, including daily fluctuations of up to 12.5°C, mean fruit is showing impressive flavour development.

“The 2010 vintage is shaping up to be one of our finest, a fantastic follow-on from the multi award-winning 2009 vintage,” said chief winemaker Patrick Materman.

“The subtle variations we’ve been getting in the pattern of day versus night temperatures will put a unique stamp on the flavours we get in the grapes this year.” To date, yields for the 2010 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc are lower than in the two previous vintages, which Materman attributes to grower initiatives to achieve higher quality.




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