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1 - 8 of 8 Wines By Catalina Sounds
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Catalina Sounds Pinot Gris 2013
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
Pinot Gris is sourced from Ants Nest Vineyard, high up on a ridge overlooking Marlborough's Waihopai Valley, where Catalina Sounds have taken a very hands on role to husbanding vines. The team are devoted to fashioning highly expressive wines that stand the test of being fully approachable when young, whilst carrying the palate weight and quality of fruit to mate with fine faire and develop in the short term. Catalina Sounds exudes bright varietal characters of peaches and nut with the distinctive luscious lychee expression of Marlborough.
$2499each
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At Catalina Sounds, the fruit is the focus, sourcing the best possible from good growers is fundamental. Winemaking tis non interventional, the fruit must be allowed to express itself. The wines are meant to be food friendly and unpretentious. Pinot Gris vines are grown to clay soils rooted on the ridge line, they impart minerality, fruit density and finesse to the structure. Grapes are predominantly hand harvested and whole bunch pressed. A variety of fermentation techniques were employed, some parcels are quickly vinified at warm temperatures in oak puncheons in order to build a savoury profile. Others are held in chilled fermenters to preserve aromatics while building richness.
 
Goldish lemon hue. Lifted honey and pear, apricot and orange blossom aromas. Rich, full and luscious palate with honey, lemon and poached pear syrup characters that coat the mouth. The tang of citrus sorbet accompanies the fruit, it's a wonderfully complex wine, yet easy to appreciate. The palate is rich yet supple, combining tastes of pear and apricot with a clean and dry finish.
Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir 2013
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
Pinot Noir is anything but predictable, as it grows in the vineyard and throughout vinification, it is a variety with many personalities, often choosing to do the opposite of what we expect. With a challenge like that, who isn't intrigued? From picking decisions, through processing and fermentations, pressing and ageing in French oak, Catalina Sounds are meticulous in their pursuit of an exuberantly wild fermented, complex and structured wine, yet always keep in mind that minimal intervention is the best approach to handling the noble but capricious Pinot Noir.
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Catalina Sounds prefer to allow Pinot Noir to express itself, for a wine that's structured and elegant, approachable and food friendly. Working to principles of sustainable land management and good governance of the environment, the team are also proud supporters of Pink Hope, caring for young women who have been affected or are at risk of cancer. Pinot Noir grapes are de-stemmed into open fermenters, some parcels are run off to new French oak to create an interesting, more savoury component, the open fermenters continue to dryness. Batches remain on skins for a few weeks before being pressed to a mix of seasoned and new French oak barriques for malolactic and maturation. Alcohol 13.9%
 
Garnet red with brick hues. Strawberries and blood orange, nutmeg, white pepper and floral notes to the bouquet. Lovely Pinot flavours of sour cherry and spice, leather and tobacco. Medium bodied, supported by long tannins and good acid balance, will continue to soften and develop savouryness. Ready to be enjoyed right now, fresh and vibrant, alongside rillettes of duck or game bird cassoulet.
Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
The goal here is to construct a wine of intensity, complexity and great interest on the palate. Ultimately a wine that will evolve in the glass, revealing a variety of flavours, structures and classic Marlborough textures. The focus is on elegance rather than having any one element dominating the subtler characters and undertones. The fastidiously maintained vines produce clean, ripe fruit which translate into a deeply satisfying Sauvignon Blanc. Catalina Sounds is built to contemporary tastes, immensely flavoursome and ready to enjoy upon release.
$1899each
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Each individual vineyard parcel is harvested at optimal ripeness. Some blocks are picked early to retain higher acid and fresh citrus characters, others are left to ripen fully. Fruit is gently pressed, cold settled and racked for inoculation. A variety of yeasts are added, some are selected to accentuate the aromatics of fruit, others add mouthfeel and texture. Some components remain on yeast lees and are stirred post fermentation, which adds a further textural element to the wine. A portion is fermented in French oak puncheons, while being treated to heavy lees stirring, developing complexity and a subtle undertone of savouriness. Alcohol 13.0%
 
Pale lemon colour. Subtle floral notes mingle elegantly with citrus zest, creamy lemon curd and fresh asian herbs. A textural long palate, bright tropical and citrus notes with a fine minerality and long balanced acidity which carries the flavours right to the end of the palate. A soft mouthfeel, good length and a clean finish. Creamy and harmonious, an awesome Marlborough wine.
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Clayfork Vineyard Steely Dan Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Marlborough
A single vineyard effort by one of Marlborough's most devout winemakers, Clayfork offers a splendid array of ripe tropical fruit characters with a remarkable capacity to rejuvenate and refresh. This generous Sauvignon Blanc, fruit driven and vital, mates beautifully with all good cuisine and is the coup de grâce alongside shellfish mornay.
$2199each
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At Catalina Sounds, quality of fruit is the focus, sourcing the best possible is fundamental to the ultimate wine. The winemaking techniques are very non-interventionalist, encouraging the fruit to express itself. A single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, grapes are sourced from the Clayfork Vineyard, nestled high on the Waihopai Ridge in Marlborough. The clay soils impart richness, strength and dense tropical fruit flavours. The resulting wine is a more tropical expression of Marlborough, unlike anything else that's typical of the style. With partial wild ferment and barrel ferment influence, the palate is rich and long, but retains a freshness and long clean finish, unlike many of the alternative regional or old world Sauvignon Blanc.
 
Light straw colour. Intensity and vibrant fruit on the bouquet, driven by wafts of orange and of lychee, gooseberry and lime, all supported by the underlying presence of nougat, pineapple and quince. Citrus and herb characters emanate from the nose and carry through onto the palate, combining with expressions of passionfruit and straw, almonds and macadamia. Clayfork is finely pitched with chilling acids that bring the wine to a pleasantly drying finish.
Crowded House Pinot Gris 2014
Nelson River
Available by the dozen
To make the best Pinot Gris possible, one needs to control every step of the winemaking. Crowded House source grapes from their very own estate vineyard in Marlborough. The unique profiles of the Pinot Gris from this single wonderful site, imparts a combination of delicate and exotic fruit characters. At the winery, the team simply allow the vineyard and grapes to express themselves with as little intervention as possible, permitting all the wonder and charm of Marlborough Pinot Gris to shine through.
$1699each
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In the crowded world of wine, New Zealand is paradise for Pinot Gris, Crowded House is all about taking a fresh new look at the established norms. New Zealand's diverse mesoclimes offer constant challenge in both the viticultural and technical aspects of winemaking. One only gets so many chances, the vagaries of vintage offer unique potential to make a truly articulate Pinot Gris. Fruit is harvested and pressed, cold settled and sent to fermenters. Batches are inoculated to a menu of yeasts, some to accentuate aromatics, others contribute textural richness. Upon completion, batches are kept on heavy lees until assemblage in January, a component is aged in seasoned French oak puncheons.
 
Pale apricot straw hue. Fresh clean nose of honeysuckle and pear, lychee and orange rind. Quince and pear flavours, white stonefruits and musk, spice and beeswax notes. A finely balanced and linear palate, showing gentle textural richness, finishing refreshingly dry and satisfyingly long.
Crowded House Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
In the crowded world of wine, New Zealand is paradise for Sauvignon Blanc and Marlborough sits at the heart of it all. The abundant sunshine, low rainfall, cool nights and long growing seasons, all contribute to the vibrant, zesty fruit flavours which make wines from this corner of the world so distinctive. The fruit is the focus of Crowded House, sourcing the finest possible from dedicated growers is fundamental. Marlborough's best vineyards form the foundations for Crowded House, a Sauvignon Blanc that's generous and in perfect balance.
$1499each
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Crowded House is all about taking a fresh new look at the established New Zealand style. Marlborough's vineyards yield wines with good length and a smorgasbord of fruit characters. The vines are picked batch by batch, to their own individual timetable. Early picking delivers fruit with higher acidity and wonderful citrus characters. Voluptuous, richly developed expressions are typical of riper, later picked grapes. Crowded House is well rehearsed at taking full advantage of the unique opportunitities presented each season. Parcels are individually vinified, inoculated with a variety of yeasts, held on sedimentery lees for two months to add richness and assembled unoaked into a vibrant, fruit forward styling. Alcohol 12.8%
 
Pale lemon straw colour. A bouquet of tropical ripe passionfruit, pineapple and mango with a hint of lemon. Showing loads of summery tropical flavours, the palate is soft and refreshing with an initial explosion of ripe tropical notes, followed by a hint of mineral flint and freshly cut grass. This approachable and balanced wine finishes with a lovely clean zestiness.
Totara Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Marlborough
Available by the dozen
A pure Marlborough wine, one that encompasses all that is appealing in the clean and fresh expressions of ripe, fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc. Assembling harvests of the best grapes is essential, Totara's meticulous team know all the most dedicated growers and retain access to the finest parcels. A lifted nose of lemons and grapefruit, flinty mineral nuances and hints of soft tropical fruit leads you to a palate showing crisp citrus characters, subtle fresh asparagus, finishing refreshingly dry.
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To make the best wine possible, one needs to control all aspects of grape and wine production. Totara is just such an operation, crafting wine to the most exacting standards, a complex assemblage of fruit from a number of good vineyards that lie within the subregions of Marlborough. Inoculated by a combination of yeasts and treated to a cool temperature controlled fermentation, with some extended lees contact to flesh out the palate. The final wine is vinified with as little intervention as possible, the aim being to preserve nature's own balance and vitality of fruit. Bottled unwooded and unoaked, Totara is fashioned to be a clean, refreshing wine with revitalizing fruit characters and well balanced acidity.
 
Pale straw colour. Lemon and citrus aromas, grapefruit, passionfruit and herbal notes. Clean and fresh, showing more of the lemon and citrus characters on the palate, as well as hints of asparagus with dill, passionfruit and pineapple. Delightfully aromatic and powered by the juiciest expressions of Marlborough fruit, it finishes immeasurably long and clean, refreshingly tangy and pleasingly dry.
Totara South Island Pinot Noir 2016
Available by the dozen
The Totara tree is endowed with strength and durability, native to New Zealand, it has long been revered by the Maori, as well as early European settlers for its diverse qualities and usefulness. Totara's enthusiastic team are focused towards producing food friendly wines which express their regionality and are a textbook of varietal definition. Totara Pinot Noir is true to it's Rotorua origins, displaying a full bodied, earthy palate with layers of fruit and ripe tannins, just like the eponymous tree, solidly structured and built for longevity.
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Totara employ the most adroit vinification techniques to construct wines of profound varietal and regional expression. The chilling winds of Island South serve to reduce fruit set and limit yields, temperate summers provide ideal conditions for a slow and complete ripening. Small intensely flavoured berries translate into a wine of great colour and concentrated flavour. Grapes are hand harvested and cold soaked up to five days prior to fermentations. The batches are vinified in open vats for an average of seven days, initially treated to a course of daily cap plunges, gradually increasing to three per day at peak of ferment. The completed wines are matured under a mix of tank, oak staves and French oak barrels.
 
Deep ruby/ garnet colour. Dark cherry, wild thyme and spice with a hint of candle smoke to the bouquet. A rich and lively Otago wine with juicy acid and fine tannins. Dark cherry and spice characters are complimented by smoky French oak. Soft and approachable, before leading to a velvety, lingering finish. A gourmande's delight, will gladly accompany roast guinea fowl or seared and caramelized chicken liver bruschetta.
Catalina Sounds exhibit finesse, offer beautiful fruit intensity, are well balanced and elegant

At Catalina Sounds, the fruit is the focus - sourcing the best possible from passionate growers in Marlborough is fundamental for all the varietals. The winemaking techniques are very non-interventionalist, the fruit must be allowed to express itself. The wines are meant to be food-friendly, and not over-the-top. Subtle, elegant wines are what Catalina Sounds strive to produce.

Catalina Sounds

Nina Stocker was born in Basel, Switzerland close to the famous Alsace wine region of France. Her father was very interested in viticulture and became involved in a tiny vineyard near the village. Family weekends and holidays were often spent in picturesque wine regions of France and Northern Italy. Following their return to Australia in 1987, the Stockers planted Cabernet Shiraz and Merlot on the rolling ironstone hillside near Tallarook in Central Victoria.

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During Nina's Science /Arts degree at Monash University where she majored in microbiology, immunology, and history, she was fortunate to have an opportunity to do some work experience as a cellar hand for Don Lewis at Mitchelton, followed by a vintage at Wirra Wirra. Nina decided she wanted to further her studies in Oenology at Adelaide University.

She gained further experience through vintages in Barolo in Northern Italy, Bordeaux, the Northern Rhone and in Portugal. Nina worked as an assistant winemaker at Giant Steps in the Yarra Valley with Steve Flamsteed and Team for three years, fuelling her passion for cool climate wines, especially Pinot Noir.

Marlborough has interested Nina since the days of working in a bar while at university. She was always being asked by customers for a Marlborough savvy. She developed a fascination for this popular style of wine, and discovered that a diversity of wine styles and varieties were also grown there. The unique cool climate, abundant sunshine and plethora of sub-regions in spectacular surroundings all conspired to convince Nina that this was where she wanted to live and make wine.

Catalina Sounds is a proud supporter of Pink Hope, looking after young women affected and at a high risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

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