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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
Fax
+64 3 579 6149
Address

66 Seymour St‎
Blenheim, 7201,‎
New Zealand

Postal Box 45015
Blenheim, 7201,‎
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
2017
Sauvignon Blanc
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. - Bob Campbell

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.

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. AU$33.00. May 2020.

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

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Campbell Mattinson – The Wine Front – August, 2018
93 POINTS

Inaugural release of a Sound of White Chardonnay. From a single vineyard. Marlborough. Intensity to die for. Impact from the outset. It’s gone through full mlf and it shows: honeysuckle, condensed milk and caramel-like characters show through bright, dense peach and nectarine. It will be too much for some - it’s almost into butter ball territory, and will provoke a fierce reaction as a result - but if you’re looking for a chardonnay with the throttle pulled right out, look no further. Boom.

Bob Campbell - The Real Review - 7/2/20
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. - Bob Campbell

Sam Kim - Wine Orbit - 13/5/20
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. At its best: now to 2025. AU$35.00. May 2020.

Michael Cooper
4.5 Rating

The elegant, youthful 2017 vintage (4.5*) 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. Best drinking mid-2020+.

 
Sound of White
PINOT NOIR
 
Sound of White
SINGLE VINEYARD
2017
PINOT NOIR
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.

SILVER MEDAL - New Zealand Wine of the Year - August 2018

 
Catalina Sounds
Sauvignon Blanc
 
Catalina Sounds
SINGLE VINEYARD
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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

Gently tangy sauvignon blanc with lime zest, passionfruit and peppery capsicum flavours. Subtle fruit sweetness contrasts nicely with the wine’s grassy character. An ethereal texture adds further appeal.

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

Offering outstanding fruit purity and intensity, the wine shows kaffir lime, Granny Smith apple, jalapeno and white floral characters on the nose, leading to a concentrated palate that's pristine and flavoursome. It's fabulously composed and expressed with a lingering delicious finish. At its best: now to 2025. AU$25.00. May 2020. - Sam Kim

Michael Cooper - 25/10/19

Intensely aromatic, this refined wine has excellent weight (12.7% alc/vol), vigour and depth of tropical-fruit flavours, a herbaceous undercurrent and a crisp, sustained finish.

 
CATALINA SOUNDS
PINOT GRIS
 
CATALINA SOUNDS
2018
PINOT GRIS
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 6 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Huon Hooke – The Real Review – September, 2018
92 POINTS

The colour is very light, bright yellow and the aroma is fresh and clean, tasting quite sweet and fresh, grapy and stone-fruity, with a nectarine-like flavour that is very appealing. An easy drinking and charming gris.

Gold Medal - NZ International Wine Show - September, 2018

Gold Medal - The Marlborough Wine Show - September, 2018

Silver Medal - NZ Wine of the Year - August, 2018

 
CATALINA SOUNDS
PINOT NOIR
 
CATALINA SOUNDS
2019
PINOT NOIR
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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Sam Kim from Wine Orbit - 13 May 2020
91 Points

Winestate Magazine - 1 October 2019
4 Star

Intense oaky nose with minty red fruit notes. Attractive, tight, tannic palate with good primary fruit and a hint of cedar oak.

Winestate Magazine - 8 October 2018
4.5 Star

Very opulent rich nose with boysenberry, plum and red cherry. A touch of rose petal and marshmallow too. A generous fruited wine with a distinct thread of powdery tannin running through. Nice length.

International Wine & Spirit Competition - August 2018
Silver Medal

Sommelier Wine Awards - United Kingdom - May 2018
Gold Model

 
CROWDED HOUSE
Sauvignon Blanc
 
CROWDED HOUSE
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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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. AU$20.00. May 2020. - Sam Kim

 
CROWDED HOUSE
PINOT NOIR
 
CROWDED HOUSE
2018
PINOT NOIR
Price per bottle. Available for sale as a 12 pack

REVIEWS & AWARDS

TASTING NOTES

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AWARDS & REVIEWS
 
Huon Hooke - The Real Review - May 2018

Light to mid-yellow colour with savoury nutty, straw and toast aromas. A trace of malt. The wine is delicate, light to medium-bodied and not especially concentrated, but has attractive flavour and style, finishing clean and dry with a pleasingly savoury aftertaste. Cleansing acidity keeps the finish fresh.

Newcastle Herald - May 2018

Since the first from the 2000 vintage, the Shaw + Smith M3 chardonnays have been invariable among the nation’s best. This 2016 is lime green-tinted straw and has aromas of apricot and macadamia nuts. The front palate has elegant white nectarine flavour and drag-on fruit, lemon curd, brioche and cashew oak meld on the middle palate. Slatey acid features at the finish.

GOLD - James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge 2017

GOLD - Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2017