Catalina Sounds was founded in 2005 by Matt Ward and Fraser Brown. Their ambition is simple and clear: to make Marlborough's best wines. Matt is the winemaker and got his knowledge in New Zealand's most renowned estates (Mahi Wines, Seresin Estate and Wither Hills) as well as making wines in Meursault, Oregon and the Palatinate in Germany. Fraser knows better than anyone the needs and requirements of the vineyard itself that are needed to get the very best out of the grapes. Together they form a team where each excels in perfection in his field. For them, balance is the basis of any wine that should be a natural reflection of its specific terroir. For a young wine estate like Catalina Sounds, the achievements are already impressive. Where they now have the best vineyards in Marlborough, there was nothing 15 years ago. The name of the domain is a tribute to the famous flying boats (or seaplanes) named Catalina.
Different vineyards with varying soils, from sandy, poor soils with a lot of stones to older soils that contain more loam and clay.
Find out for yourself if these are the best wines of Marlborough and taste them:
Catalina Sounds Pinot Noir: Seductive aromas of cassis, black cherries and blackberries supported by toasted oak, cloves and black pepper. Nice and tasty mouthfeel with fresh fruit of cherries that provides elegance and finesse. Balance and controlled persistance continue in the long, velvety 'smoky' finish.
Catalina Sounds 'Gold Medal' Sauvignon Blanc: Wonderfully fresh and pronounced aromas of fresh citrus fruit, nectarine, yellow blossom and green apple. Ripe, balanced taste supported by lively, fresh acidity. The tasty, long finish activates the full attraction and also makes it a perfect aperitif.