Spy Valley owns and leases many Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in the Marlborough region. The main vineyards are located in the Wairau Valley and in the Waihopai Valley on “Johnson Estate.² The sites produce a range of flavors which vary from vintage to vintage.
All sauvignon blanc blocks for both Spy Valley and Satellite are grown to the same exacting viticultural standards. The grapes are harvested at optimum ripeness and fermented dry in the Spy Valley winery. Post ferment tank grading and blend trials are conducted with the Spy Valley blend being the premium selection based upon continuation of style.
All other wine, by default, becomes the Satellite blend. The satellite blend is typically a fruit forward style with emphasis on pink grapefruit with subtle herbal notes and a bit of tropical influence. One factor that sets this wine apart from its competitors is the structure gained from lower cropping vines that reach physiological ripeness before picking.
At this price point a lot of competing wines in the marketplace are coming off high cropping vines.They may show bright Marlborough aromatics up front, but have no substance to fruit structure in the end. Satellite develops beautifully over time, showing longevity and drinkability.
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Year Founded: 1993
Proprietors: The Johnson Family
Winemaker: Paul Bourgeois and David Foes
Terroir: The Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from complex and well draining stoney loam. The Pinot Noir is grown on alluvial based shallow and stony soils with an overlying sandy loam.The valley sees less than 1,100 mm (43 inches) of rain annually, and 200 mm (8 inches) of rain through the October-May growing season. Spring carries the risk of frost, and summers are hot with peaks in January and February of more than 30°C (86°F).
Varieties Cultivated: Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir
Organic/Sustainable/Other Certifications: Both the winery and vineyards are certified sustainable by the NZ Winegrowers Sustainable Winegrowing program. Audited annually; Certified to the International Environmental Standard ISO 14001.