Church Road Grand Reserve Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $45 (5 stars)

New favourite alert!  Chris Scott and his team have crafted a seriously delicious, rich, complex sauvignon from fruit grown in their Redstone vineyard in the Bridge Pa Triangle.  100% wild fermented and matured in older oak, it shows soft herbaceous, lemongrassy notes combined with nutty layers and a mineral-driven spine.  Finely-tuned and incredibly fresh, it’s […]

Dunnolly Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 ($18.99) (5 stars)

Absolutely banging citrus, passionfruit, basil, lemon, lime, sugar snap pea flavours abound in this new brand on the market.  Made by winemaker Nicky Parish, it’s an ultra-tangy tropical tsunami of taste and it has stunning length of flavour. For stockists near you email: winemaker@donnelly.co.nz

Mud House Woolshed Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22

Mud House’s winemaker Cleighten Cornelius is obsessed with the fruit from their Woolshed vineyard, one sip of this and you’ll see why.  Planted 15 years ago in the Southern Valleys by Nev Gane (great name), the resulting sauvignon is packed with punchy passionfruit and lime, boasts a deliciously fleshy texture and bursts with buckets of […]

Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $32

Lucky Aucklanders can sip this snazzy new release at the Cloudy Bay ‘Sail Away’ pop-up dining experience at Prego during November.  Everyone else will have to trust me when I say that the CB crew have injected zesty herbaceousness, plucky passionfruit and citrus friskiness into this iconic sauvignon blanc.  Lime, basil and a squeak of […]

Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $27

Not a fan of masses of squinty acidity in your sauvignon?  Then fret no longer, this will keep you safe and sound.  Mellow in the mid palate, edged with soft passionfruit, lemongrass and limey notes, it’s got summer florals on the nose and a feisty finish. Sip with: Pea, mint and feta fritters. www.dogpoint.co.nz  

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“Sav me from myself” is a phrase I tend to utter repeatedly as the days stretch and the stress soaks in… Dog Point Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $27 Not a fan of masses of squinty acidity in your sauvignon?  Then fret no longer, this will keep you safe and sound.  Mellow in the mid […]

Tohu Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $14.99 (4 stars)

Sourced from Tohu’s Awatere Valley vineyard, this bright young thing goes large on the lemon verbena, lime leaf, red capsicum and crunchy citrus characters.  Bursting with sweet, cut-grass and fresh herbs, this is a terrifically textural, perfectly perky sauvignon blanc. www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $25 (4 stars)

Most people don’t realise that some of New Zealands best sauvignon blanc can be found the further south you go.  Dr Stephanie Lambert and her team at Amisfield, near Lake Hayes have created a classic example oozing green bean, green capsicum, green herbs, sweet pea and serious amounts of citrus.  Full, fat and firing on […]

Mud House Rapaura Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $19.99 (4.5 stars)

Wow!  The second you pour this wine, people on the other side of the room will start sniffing the air and rising like the undead to follow where the scent is coming from.  Powerful passionfruit, lemongrass, lime juice and bruised basil characters abound on the nose and palate, stitched together by solid acidity and extend […]

Montana Winemakers Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $16.99 (3.5 stars)

Sick of sauvignon that’s all sweet passionfruit, armpit sweat and OTT with the capsicum and cats pee? Fret no longer, this puppy has a lift of white peach, lemongrass, basil and limey loveliness alongside a vein of quartzy minerality in the mouth. It’s lean, clean, tidy and darn tasty. Available in supermarkets.  

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