Marlborough, New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Sauvignon Blanc
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Bodegas as Laxas has been family owned and run since its creation in 1863. It is located in the Condado de Tea area of the Rías Baixas region, on the terraced banks of the Padre Miño river giving it the perfect southern exposure. Lots of intense sunshine, tempered by mild, humid Atlantic winds, are ideal viticulture conditions.
Rías Baixas DO only started in 1980 and Bodegas as Laxas was one of the first wineries to be awarded the status of DO. The land required for Albariño is low-lying, generally not higher than 300 metres, close to the sea and on the bank of a river which allows for the perfect Atlantic influences to effect the growth. These climactic features and the topography of the land provide the Albariño grape with its very aromatic and fresh characteristics. Excellent location, a tradition of winemaking handed down over many generations and a fully modern winery combine to produce a stellar Albariño.
"Hawke's Bay may seem a bit warm for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but this wine shows greater restraint and elegance than most of the stuff coming from cool climate Marlborough. If you've had enough of the sheer pungency of the Kiwi style and want something that veers towards the Loire, this is your wine. It's very, very dry and the acidity is positively steely; in other words, not your typical New World Sauvignon. Great price too."
"A relatively rich style of Sauvignon, showing some broad lemon curd and pear flavours; quite full bodied but still cut through by classic kiwi lemon and lime acidity."
Hawke’s bay has long been considered one of New Zealands highest quality wine regions. Situated on the east of New Zealand’s North Island, it is a land of impressive diversity, not least in the soil type and typography which has been influenced as recentl