After producing a singular Sauvignon Blanc at Tenuta dell’Ornellaia for many years, Marchese Lodovico Antinori wanted to make a wine that captured the same crisp, natural exuberance of the grape, while displaying restraint, elegance and structure. He turned to Marlborough, New Zealand, and in 2003 purchased, with his brother Piero Antinori, a portion of the Meadowbank vineyard. In 2004 they produced the first vintage of Mount Nelson from this property.
Located at the northern end of New Zealand’s south island, Marlborough is considered one of the finest areas in the world for Sauvignon Blanc. This is largely due to the cool, maritime climate where average daytime temperatures rarely exceed 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit), even in the hottest months, and yet the area still enjoys more sunlight hours than any other region in New Zealand.
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