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Wine News: New Zealand Winery Stoneleigh Unveils Wines From Marlborough's Golden Mile

"Latitude" Range Showcases Distinctive Terroir

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NEW YORK, NY - September 3, 2014 (www.investorideas.com newswire) Sustainable, top-selling New Zealand winery, Stoneleigh, announced today that the release of its newest range will be made available in the United States this month. Sourced from vineyards within the "Golden Mile" of New Zealand's Marlborough region, the new Stoneleigh Latitude collection represents the unique terroir of what many consider to be the best vineyard region in the country.

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A strip in the sub-region of Rapaura, the Golden Mile has a unique microclimate with flinty soil renowned for its exceptional grape-growing conditions. The sub-appellate is warmer than the rest of Marlborough, providing heat to the area's stony riverbeds during the day, which then warm the grapes at night. This natural phenomenon, coupled with the free-draining stony soils, produces a distinctively crisp, fresh and elegant profile.

"The winemaking and viticulture team at Stoneleigh have taken great care to ensure the terroir of the 'Golden Mile' is expressed at its very best through the Stoneleigh Latitude wines," says Jamie Marfell, Stoneleigh winemaker. "I do think the entire range reflects their superlative and distinctive growing conditions."

Stoneleigh Latitude Sauvignon Blanc has aromas of citrus blossom, grapefruit and lemon, with a palate weighty with honeydew melon and grapefruit, followed by a lingering minerality. Juice is fermented at low temperatures to retain the aromatic qualities with a component fermented in large, aged oak cubes to add texture and weight.

The Pinot Noir has toasty oak, black cherries and raspberries on the nose, followed by doris plum, dark chocolate and berry fruit on the palate. Selected parcels were cold soaked and then underwent slow fermentation in open-topped fermenters, before spending nine months in a mixture of new and old French oak barriques before careful blending.

Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay exhibits aromas of brioche, peach and toasty oak, and a succulent rich flavor of peaches and cream, laced with citrus blossom notes. Harvested at peak flavor intensity and bag pressed, the free-run juices were barrel fermented, in French and Hungarian oak, and lees stirred for up to four months to add palate weight and complexity.

Stoneleigh Latitude Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc will be available nationally at a suggested retail price of $18. For more information, visit www.stoneleigh.co.nz

About Stoneleigh

Stoneleigh, the leading premium still bottle wine brand in New Zealand, takes its wine style from the natural environment of Stoneleigh vineyards, Rapaura soils and distinctive sunstones.

Stoneleigh vines are planted among famous sunstones, in ancient stony riverbed soils, renowned for delivering Stoneleigh wines their quality and flavour. The Rapaura region is slightly warmer than other areas of Marlborough, which drives early ripening and allows grapes to be harvested earlier than those in most other regions. The result is a wine style; elegant and crisp, yet intense -- the flavour of Stoneleigh.

Stoneleigh is committed to sustainable practices and is accredited under the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand (SWNZ) scheme. The planting of more than 3,000 native trees, shrubs and flax on the Stoneleigh vineyard has been carried out to attract the Tui, a native nectar feeding bird, to return to the Marlborough region.

STONELEIGH is a registered trademark of Pernod Ricard New Zealand Limited.

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