Two Rivers of Marlborough Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Marlborough, in all its glory, has been deftly captured by Two Rivers proprietor/winemaker David Clouston in this superb wine. Meadow-like fresh herb scents, including coriander and dill, set the tone. In the mouth, purity and focus, together with an ethereal texture, give the wine presence and class. “This is a thoughtful expression,” noted Jack Glover. “And there’s an energy about the fruit profile that I love.” The panel felt a zesty seafood dish such as ceviche would be an excellent food match.
Two rivers, both alike in being pretty much surrounded by vines, each gives its name to the mighty Marlborough valley along which it runs – the Wairau and the Awatere. Dave Clouston established his Two Rivers label 10 years ago, believing that in the fruit from each valley there are different notes that together strike a perfect chord. “They’re so complementary. By blending the fruit from both valleys as I do with Convergence, you get that distinctive voice, a wine that screams ‘Marlborough!’ I’m all for the alternative styles of sauvignon blanc – I do one myself – but for me the focus is still in going for that super varietal expression you achieve through blending.” Convergence is usually a 50/50 blend, but Clouston changed that this year. “2015 was such an easy vintage and a great year for concentration, but it was a particularly good vintage for ripeness in the Awatere. So the 2015 Convergence is 60/40 in favour of Awatere Valley fruit.”