Although grape farming began in New Zealand in the 19th century, the first sauvignon blanc vines were not planted in the Marlborough region until the 1970s. The district's winemakers gained global acclaim for bringing out the varietal's pungent aromas, vibrant flavors, crisp texture and refreshing style. Fruit for this wine was sourced from three vineyard blocks in the Awatere and Wairau valleys. Nestled between the east coast and a mountain ridge, the vineyards enjoy a sunny, dry climate with cooling coastal winds, fostering a long, even growing season. Following harvest, the must (including juice, skins and stems) was fermented in stainless steel tanks for up to 30 days. The balanced wine offers aromas of melon, grapefruit, orange zest and green vegetables. On the palate, taste guava, lime, kiwi, green apple, clean minerality and racy acidity. Drink it with sushi, boiled shellfish, salads, tomatoes, roasted peppers, artichokes, Asian cuisines and spicy dishes. Buy it at: most Rouses Markets, Breaux Marts on Magazine Street and Jefferson Highway, Langenstein's in Metairie, Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket, Saia's Super Meat Market and some Targets, Winn-Dixies and Walmarts. Drink it at: Bourbon Orleans Hotel, The Embers and Sheraton Metairie-New Orleans Hotel.