Aotea Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $29 (5stars)

If this is any indication of how Nelson’s sauvignon blancs are going to be from 2017, then I’m a giddily happy girl.  Crafted by the talented team at Seifried, it’s an incredibly aromatic example that erupts with sweet lawn clippings, tomato leaf, a hint of man-sweat, passionfruit and peachy notes.  Saturated with citrus, it’s magically […]

Huia Organic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $23

Expect a cheek-slappingly good explosion of passionfruit, lime zest, red capsicum, gooseberry and all manner of herbaceous heroism in this fully-certified, organic sauvignon blanc. Grown on the Allan family’s Boyces Road vineyard, it’s got power, drive and pluckiness on the palate and finishes with freshness, power and precision.  What to pair with this wine? Sip […]

Greenhough Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $20 (4 stars)

Nelson offers all sorts of niceness in a sauvignon blanc style that’s got a personality all of its own. Pretty, punchy and prickled with crushed nettles, bruised lemongrass and fresh passionfruit, this certified organic sauvignon erupts with zesty acidity, some sneaky oak notes and mountains of minerality on the finish. www.greenhough.co.nz

Brightwater Lord Rutherford Barrique Fermented Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $30 (4 star)

I’m on a crusade to convert more people over to the barrel fermented side of the sauvignon fence if it’s the last thing I do.  Gary and Valley Neale are experts in this field and this eye-poppingly good example is now a firm favourite of mine.  Toasty, macadamia, buttered crumpet and roast peach aromatics lead […]

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.  […]

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