Mahana Davey’s Lease Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $42 (4stars)

Winemaker Michael Glover has thrown so many ‘non-sauvignon’ techniques at this wine, it’s now something that might be sauvignon, but not as we know it.  Bright, glossy, golden and boasting a lean, smoky, watercressy nose and a palate layered with almond meal, celery seed, bay and tarragon characters.  A combo of French oak and acacia […]

Fairhall Downs Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $23.75 (3.5stars)

From their Wrekin Road vineyard, comes this intensely herbaceous sauvignon, with loads of crushed nettles and a wave of jalapeno on the nose before morphing into a soft, basil, passionfruit and lemony layers in the mid-palate.  It’s a plump, tropical sauvignon that’ll win with mussel fritters. www.fairhalldowns.co.nz

Bladen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $21

The thing that I really like about this wine is that it doesn’t have any thing OTT about it.  All the citrus layers of lemon, lime and feijoa are contained in layers of sweet, grassy goodness.  Elegant and herbaceous, it’s a wine that Christine and Dave MacDonald have done themselves proud with this snazzy, pea-pod […]

Gunn Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $17.99

Intensely herbaceous on the nose with hints of jalapeno, basil and ripe passionfruit, this is a banging, boldly aromatic wine that’s gently juicy on the palate with nice acidity and length.  It’s a superb wine that (luckily for us) is available in supermarkets around the country.  If you’re a fan of crunchy-crisp sauvignon that hits […]

Churton ‘Best End’ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $47

Visit Churton, in winter and you’re likely to spend a lot of time up on a hill looking at “poo pits” and sniffing compost.  The winter solstice is when owners Mandy and Sam Weaver choose to release their wines.  “In an agricultural sense it’s when one year ends and another begins” explains Sam.  “The earth […]

Matahiwi Holly Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $26 ★★★★★

One sip and I punched both fists in the air and yelled out “Jane Cooper is a genius!”  Jane’s been creating award winning wines at Matahiwi since 2002 and when it comes to making darn glorious sauvignon, she’s a master.  I love the intense nectarine, fresh mango and lime flavours that smash across the palate.  […]

Brightwater Lord Rutherford Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $30

Whenever Brightwater release a ‘Lord Rutherford’ you know it’s something pretty special.  Viticulturist Dale Springer nurtures the vines through each season, while winemaker Tom Southgate shepherds the fruit through the winery and into this bottle.  With its smoked passionfruit, soft herbs, citrus and marzipan notes, this is Sauvignon but not as we know it. Sip […]

O:Tu Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $17 ★★★★

Wow!  If you’re partial to green, green and more greeny goodness in your sauvignon blanc, then this may be just the wheel-spinner you’re looking for.  Scented with intense jalapeno, basil and blackcurrant leaf and tomato stalk notes, followed by a smash of passionfruit and lime.  Great value, crisp and crunchy. www.winebox.co.nz

Tohu Mugwi Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $25 ★★★½

Prepare to have your perceptions of sauvignon blanc altered immediately!  With intense aromas of watercress, freshly-baled pea hay and smoked jalapenos, this is a seriously funky, complex style style that’s definitely not for the faint-hearted.  Named in honour of Mugwi MacDonald, the late treasured Kaumatua of Maori-owned and operated Tohu Wines, it’s a wine crafted […]

Staete Landt Annabel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013 $22 ★★★★½

This is absolutely my kind of sauvignon, something that pushes the envelope just a smidge, away from the capsicum and cats pee and into a spectrum of lemongrass, basil, marzipan and intense white peach and pepper characters.  Winemaker Ruud Maasdam has created a wine with real tension and tautness – and having a couple of […]

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