2011 TerraVin Sauvignon Blanc Te Ahu

TerraVin’s 2011 Te Ahu, an aged Sauvignon Blanc, won the International Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the IWC this year. 

‘Te Ahu’ is a Maori term that describes a new pathway, a new generation or beginning, reflecting the philosophy of this wine. Through very low yields, intensive vineyard management, hand harvesting, indigenous ferments and ageing in 500L French oak puncheons, Te Ahu fuses beautifully ripe Sauvignon characters with winemaking complexity to produce a truly individual wine. Made in limited quantities.

2011 was a moderate yielding vintage with a good flowering that was backed up by a classic Marlborough summer.  The smaller berries ensured good concentration and the warmth ensured nice balance of acid, PH and lower alcohols.


The Harvest

Hand harvested into 10kg bins

Harvested in 2 lots on 4th and 9th April 2011

Brix 23.1 -23.5

6 tons per hectare



International Wine Challenge 2014

Trophy: International Sauvignon Blanc

Trophy: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Trophy: Oaked Sauvignon Blanc

Judges comments “Idiosyncratic but exciting. Boldly pungent, pepper and lime zest, indicative of a wild ferment. Youthful vibrance and life. Focused and flavourful with abundant lime clementine, flinty and peppery. Long and zesty finish. A charmingly charismatic wine”

Michael Cooper, Winestate Magazine – July 2013 ★★★★★

Thought-provoking, unusually complex Marlborough sauvignon blanc, hand-picked at two hillside sites, fermented with indigenous yeasts in French oak puncheons and barrel-aged for 16 months.  Richly fragrant and weighty, with deep tropical fruit flavours and finely integrated oak in a very harmonious and finely textured, generous, multi-faceted style, reminiscent of white Bordeaux.

Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz– May 2013 ★★★★★ 18.5+/20

‘100% Sauvignon Blanc from the ‘Cowley’ and ‘Calrossie’ vineyards, hand-picked, WBP and indigenous yeast fermented in seasoned 500 L French oak puncheons to 13.4% alc. and 4.8 g/L rs, the wine aged 16 months in barrel.  Bright, full, straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, pale on rim.  This has a full and bold nose with densely packed and complex, interwoven aromas of gooseberries, nectarines and subtle smoky-flinty elements. 

TerraVin Te Ahu Sauvignon Blanc bottle shot