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Our Story
 
A SINGULAR VISION

Our journey started in 2005 with a singular vision to produce the best wines in Marlborough. Named after the majestic Catalina flying boats that once flew across the vast Marlborough Sounds, Catalina Sounds produces wines that are unique with minimum intervention and are true to their vineyard sites while capturing the best of the region.

 

We have evolved from our humble origins, building a reputation for producing premium Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc throughout the world. Now we are pushing into new varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. We have also created a single vineyard range from our home vineyard Sound of White, as well as a sister brand Crowded House.

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OUR HOME
 
THE SOUND OF
WHITE VINEYARD

The Sound of White vineyard is the home of Catalina Sounds. When it snows you hear nothing. It is white on white. Fourteen years ago, this land was a blank canvas. A peaceful remote haven in the snowy shadows of the majestic Waihopai Ranges.

Now it is the bedrock of our wines. Exceptional beauty, unique fruit and our inspiration.

A special part of Marlborough.

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Our Team
 
MATT WARD
WINEMAKER

When you’re born and bred in Marlborough, the wine industry is bound to rub off on you, and for Matt, that was very much the case. Having honed his craft at some of New Zealand’s most renowned wineries including Mahi Wines, Seresin Estate and Wither Hills as well as vintages at Domaine De Montille in Mersault France, Penner-Ash in Oregon and Weingut J.L. Wolf in Wachenheim Germany, Matt is proud to now call Catalina Sounds home.

Matt’s winemaking philosophy is simple - produce wines of exceptional balance. To him, balance is as important in wine as it is in life – we need it to be the best we can be. Matt’s aspiration at Catalina Sounds is to continue producing excellent quality wines of beautiful fruit expression, interest and finesse. He strives to create wines of great honesty and integrity that are a true to their site, while working to build complexity and longevity into the wines.

FRASER BROWN
VINEYARD MANAGER

Growing up on a farm, Fraser spent much of his youth outdoors. Upon leaving school, he worked in the adventure tourism industry before persuasion from his family resulted in him working alongside his father in vineyard management and contracting. His father instilled in him that hard work and staying one step ahead of the vines will be rewarded with the perfect grape come harvest time.

After many years of experience, the opportunity to work with Catalina Sounds arose in 2011 and it was an easy decision to make. Upon first arriving at Sound of White, childhood memories of growing up in the country came flooding back. With sheep grazing the paddocks around the vineyard, ducks on the pond and views to the mountains and sea, he knew he’d found his calling.

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CONTACT
 
CONTACT
Phone
+64 3 579 6148
 
Address

1397 Waihopai Valley Road
RD6, Blenheim, 7276
New Zealand
 

DISTRIBUTORS
New Zealand – red + white cellar
P: +64 9376 0760
F: +64 9376 0761
Australia – red+white
P: 1300 780 074
F: 1300 780 076
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The Wines
 

 
Sound of White
Sauvignon Blanc
 
Sound of White
SINGLE VINEYARD
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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AWARDS & REVIEWS
 
Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review - 7/2/20
94 POINTS

Last tasted nearly two years ago. Whole-bunch pressed and fermented in large oak foudres to add both complexity and texture. Rich, creamy, textural wine with capsicum, nectarine and passionfruit flavours gaining extra complexity from nut and ginger lees characters. Still crisp and youthful but showing good integration after a little bottle age. (2017 Vintage)

Winestate Magazine Recent Releases - June, 2018
4 STARS

A riper, full-bodied style of sauvignon; more apricot and peach in spectrum than citrus and grass. There is a touch of barrel-aged character, with some nutmeg notes coming through. Nicely constructed, this is an attractive wine with a long creamy finish. (2017 Vintage)

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 13/5/20
94 POINTS

A wine of purity and poise, the elegantly lifted bouquet shows white flesh nectarine, Gala apple, lemon peel and green tea aromas with a touch of oatmeal complexity. The palate offers excellent concentration and focus, backed by firm acidity, leading to a wonderfully long structured finish. At its best: now to 2027. (2017 Vintage)

 
Sound of White
CHARDONNAY
 
Sound of White
SINGLE VINEYARD
2019
CHARDONNAY
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Michael Cooper
4.5 Stars

The elegant, youthful 2019 vintage was estate-grown and hand-harvested in the Waihopai Valley, and fermented and matured in French oak puncheons. Fragrant, fresh and full-bodied, it is vibrantly fruity, with vigorous grapefruit and peach flavours, biscuity, mealy notes adding complexity, and a long, creamy-textured finish. 1 June 2020

Bob Campbell - The Real Review
92 POINTS

From Catalina's Sounds of White vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. Tangy, fruit-focused chardonnay with green apple, lime, subtle toast and gingery yeast lees characters. A fresh, crisp wine that promises to age well.

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
93 POINTS

Exhibiting a sense of restraint, the wine shows apple, peach, nougat and almond notes on the nose, followed by a beautifully weighted palate that’s flowing and linear. It’s elegantly styled with pristine fruit flavours and fine texture, leading to a prolonged refined finish. 13/5/20

Cameron Douglas MS - The shout
93 POINTS

An alluring bouquet of smoky oak and baked yellow stone fruits, lees autolysis and apple, brown spices and dry stony minerality. Equally enticing on the palate with flavours that mirror the nose, silky creamy texture with moments of fine wood tannins and medium+ acidity. Balanced and well made, a lovely wine to enjoy upon purchase and through 2025. 10 February 2021

 
Sound of White
PINOT NOIR
 
Sound of White
SINGLE VINEYARD
2020
PINOT NOIR
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review - 7 February 2020
90 POINTS

Well made, classical Marlborough pinot noir with typical red fruits, dried herb and subtle earthy-savoury flavours. A medium-bodied red, with a core of sweet fruit balanced against fine, drying tannins. (2017 Vintage)

 
Catalina Sounds
Sauvignon Blanc
 
Catalina Sounds
SINGLE VINEYARD
2020
Sauvignon Blanc
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Bob Campbell MW - The Real Review
95 POINTS & TOP RANK (#3 of 101)

"Attractive, ethereal sauvignon blanc with passionfruit, gooseberry, melon and citrus-lime flavours supported by deliciously fruity acidity. A seductive sauvignon with an impeccable balance of acidity and subliminal sweetness." #3 of 101 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020. 31 December 2020.

International Wine Challenge
95 POINTS - GOLD

There’s a real intensity to this wine showing off the wonderful 2020 vintage. Showing off green apple and great acidity. 26 November 2020.

Gourmet Traveller Wine
95 POINTS

Almost 40% from the estate vineyard in the Waihopai Valley with the balance from five growers in Fairhall, Renwick and the central Wairu Plain. Attractive and ethereal with passionfruit, gooseberry, melon and citrus/lime favours supported by fruity acidity. 16 February 2021.

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
95 POINTS

Offering excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, the wine shows feijoa, kiwifruit, nectarine and kaffir lime notes on the nose, leading to a powerful yet poised palate offering terrific fruit intensity backed by bright acidity, making it mouth-watering and deliciously appealing. 20 January 2021.

 
CATALINA SOUNDS
PINOT GRIS
 
CATALINA SOUNDS
2020
PINOT GRIS
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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AWARDS & REVIEWS
 
Sam Kim – Wine Orbit
93 POINTS

"Elegant and delightfully inviting, the bouquet shows white flesh peach, Nashi pear, floral and lemon peel aromas. The palate displays excellent fruit purity and focus, combined with refined texture and bright acidity, finishing long and delicate. At its best: now to 2025." 20 Jan 2021.

Bob Campbell, Real Review
92 Points & Top Rank: #7 of 31

#7 of 31 2020 Pinot Gris from Marlborough. "Dry, fruity pinot gris with ripe pear, stewed apple, ginger and star anise flavours. An initial suggestion of sweetness is quickly balanced by fruity acidity giving a dry finish and adding a little tension to the wine." 24 Feb 2021

Michael Cooper
4.5 Stars

"Grown predominantly in the Southern Valleys, this refined regional blend was mostly handled in tanks; 7% of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak casks. Mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, it is attractively scented and fleshy, with pear, peach and spice flavours showing excellent delicacy and depth, fresh acidity and a dry finish." 3 March 2021.

Cameron Douglas MS
92 Points

"Enticing bouquet of spicy white fleshed stone fruits, citrus, honeysuckle and apple. Crisp, spicy, leesy and dry on the palate with a contrasting core of fruit with flavours that reflect the nose. Elegant, lean and mineral style. Balanced and ready to enjoy from today and through 2023." 3 March 2021

 
CATALINA SOUNDS
PINOT NOIR
 
CATALINA SOUNDS
2020
PINOT NOIR
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Dish Magazine - 3 Feb 2020
Gold Medal

“Big, rich, ripe and roaring with black fruits”, said Marty. Cameron applauded its oaky core, toasty spices and dark plum, cherry and red-apple intensity. “It’s an incredibly pretty wine in every respect”, added Yvonne. “It’s fine-grained tannins and refreshing acidity make it unputdownable.” Yvonne Lorkin, Cameron Douglas MS, Clon Ford, Corey Hall, Dave Riper & Martin Pickering. (2019 vintage)

Sam Kim from Wine Orbit - 20 Jan 2020
93 Points

Youthful, elegant and beautifully fragrant, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, sweet cherry, dark mushroom, almond and floral aromas. The palate offers excellent weight and roundness, combined with silky texture and fine tannins, finishing persistent and refined. At its best: now to 2027. (2019 vintage)

Bob Campbell MW - 24 Feb 2021
93 Points

Gently seductive pinot noir with cherry, plum and other red fruit flavours together with violet, floral, fresh herb and mixed spice characters. Smooth-textured with a backbone of very fine tannins. (2019 vintage)

 
CROWDED HOUSE
Sauvignon Blanc
 
CROWDED HOUSE
2020
Sauvignon Blanc
Out of stock
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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AWARDS & REVIEWS
 
SILVER - Decanter Asia Wine Awards - June, 2018

SILVER - IWSC London - August, 2018

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 13/5/20
92 POINTS

It's intensely aromatic on the nose showing grapefruit, crunchy apple, feijoa and lemon peel characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit intensity and vibrancy, together with fine texture and juicy acidity, making it immensely appealing. At its best: now to 2022.

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