French wine has long been our specialist subject at Farr Vintners, so when it comes to finding the perfect New World wines, we seek out the qualities that have made France the centre of the fine wine world: restraint, texture and elegance. The stereotypical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc doesn’t fit the bill but then Churton isn’t your average Marlborough producer. That’s why we’ve been championing their wines for more than two decades.
Since 1997, English couple Sam and Mandy Weaver have nurtured their young vines to maturity, converted the hillside property to organic and biodynamic farming and, in the past year, handed over the reins to their two sons, Jack and Ben.
Their mantra "old world wine tempered with new world style" is clear in the latest Sauvignon release. The 2019 vintage offers the exceptional purity of fruit that we’ve come to expect from New Zealand but with the volume turned down. Unlike most of Marlborough, Churton’s Sauvignon vines are sourced from Bordeaux clones and are close planted. The tender loving care that is required to farm organically and biodynamically continues in the winery: handpicking and whole bunch pressing creates the delicate raw material that ferments naturally and slowly. A small portion of the final wine is fermented in old barrels and the wine stays on fine lees for nine months, rounding out Sauvignon’s angles and enriching the palate.
The 2019 vintage was a dry and warm season without any disease pressure, which was particularly welcome after two cyclone-affected harvests. “It was a fantastic vintage - the best we'd had for bloody years,” says Sam. The ripe fruit has produced a delightful soft, creamy style but with the acid backbone of cool climate Sauvignon. It’s a refined aperitif and a delightful pairing with smoked salmon.
Minimum Order 12 bottles.
This wine is in stock and available for immediate delivery.
Wines are offered subject to remaining unsold. E&OE.
Bright and pale lemon in colour, this is highly aromatic with lemon verbena and an almost hoppy green note - it feels cool and mineral, more French than New Zealand in style. The palate has tang, pithiness and grip, the high acidity bringing mouth-watering citrus and a cool, stony profile. Zippy and linear, this precise and pure wine offers superb drinking now while that steely freshness is most evident.