First of the 2004 Sauvignons released.

After an enforced layoff from things vinous, I am looking forward to getting
my taste buds back.
Having a few friends around for dinner prior to the first of the seasons
Rugby Union "Clash of the Titans" [Stanley Cup / NBA stuff is for whimps
:-))) ] - so, chanced my arm at the supermarket for a couple of bottles.
Here it is, mid-June and the first of the 2004 Sauvignons are on the
shelves, sort of rushed, I believe because, owing to the very small vintage
which was 2003.
2004, by all accounts is HUGE!!!
Montana Wines, NZs largest producer says that its Marlborough harvest was
the largest ever, beating the previous record (2002) by over 50%, although
this is partially explained by new vineyards coming on stream.
And the quality is "up there" although I have not heard the usual crowing
about "the vintage of the century"
One point of interest though - Montana is placing great emphasis on Pinot
Noir - which they believe may become "The Great Kiwi Red" replicating the
success of Sauvignon Blanc on world markets.
They certainly will have substantial volumes coming on stream over the next
couple of years.
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