Tora Bay Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

24-Jan-2013
One of the more sizeable operations in Martinborough, but little recognised domestically is that of Tora Bay Wines. This is the business of Martin Bonifant, with a background in the financial world who established his 33 ha of vines on Lake Ferry Road, 4 km south of the Martinborough village in 2005. Enamoured by Palliser Estate's Sauvignon Blanc, he planted only this variety so as to have a commercially viable quantity to work in the marketplace. The majority of the wine is exported, with the U.S. market Martin's biggest, and he reports it is growing. Around 350-400 tonnes of fruit are picked annually, and transported to the ‘Links' winery in Hawke's Bay, where the wine is made by the very experienced Tony Prichard. The Sauvignon Blanc wine is supplemented by contract Chardonnay from Gisborne and contract Pinot Noir from Martinborough. The wine is more difficult to find in New Zealand, having an on-premise presence as well as in some supermarkets. The 2012 Sauvignon Blanc is the fourth vintage. www.torabaywines.co.nz

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