Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Nautilus The Paper Nautilus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 I’m a huge fan of this style of sauvignon blanc. I love that a ‘paper nautilus’ is only released when the fruit is exceptional (and 2016 was a rip roarer of a vintage) and I love that it’s been fermented in just one, single, old French […]

Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Osawa Flying Sheep Limited Release Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2014 $35 Sealed under cork, this vintage is still holding solid acidity and freshness and tropical tones, yet the positively demure 11%alc kind of makes the wine feel a little meh and mediocre  in the mid-palate.  It’s ok but not great and for $35 I’d be […]

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014v While I’m pretty sure the 2018 is out in the market now, there’s still a fair bit of the 2017 lurking around, so I thought I’d taste it again.  While the aromas are quite attractive (think bruised basil, capsicum, passionfruit, peach) – the palate is all a bit meh.  There’s […]

Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $24 Passionfruit.  check.  Lime.  Check.  Crushed herbs. Check.  Cut grass and capsicum. Check.  Spark and personality?    Hmmm not so much.  I was expecting a punch in the face, but got a flick from a damp teatowel instead.  It’s an ok drink, but for $24 it’s lacking pungency and […]

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

39°Below Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $17.95  So fresh, frisky, vibrant and packed solid with lemongrass, basil, sweet lemon verbena notes, this wine also boasts buckets of passionfruit and nectarine on the nose and palate.  It’s a ripe and rumpty sauvignon blanc that’s so friendly and feisty, it’ll please even the fussiest sauvignon snob.  Paul McEvoy […]

Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $12.99 (Advintage.co.nz) Classic herbaceous nose, bruised basil and bouquet garni notes merge with lemon pith and passionfruity flavours, juicy citrus and lashings of cut grass goodness on the palate.  Suitably squinty acidity adds length to the finish.  It’s a crowd-pleaser. www.palliser.co.nz

Peregrine Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Peregrine Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $27 Brand new from the quite frankly, unfairly talented team at Peregrine, comes this elegantly structured yet rock solid sauvignon blanc that’s stacked with citrus, capsicum, fennel and white pepper on the nose.  Prepare your palate for passionfruit, lemon and lime leaf notes. and a super-fresh and frisky finish.  Great […]

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Richmond Plains Organic Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $22 Grown in the gloriously weedy, certified organic vineyard owned and lovingly tended by Lars and Sam Jensen, the Richmond Plains sauvignon is nothing short of a Nelson icon. Aromatically it sings with lemon blossom, red capsicum, sugar snap pea and lime notes.  Racy acidity, boatloads of florals […]

Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Clark Estate Clericus Wild Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $35 Classic barrel fermented, wild-fermented style here, stacked with smoked passionfruit, bruised basil, toasty marzipan notes, soft pepper and lemongrass layers. Named for the most noble and intellectuals in Roman society, this is definitely the thinking persons’ sauvignon. www.clarkestate.com  

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Ash Ridge Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $21 Lemon, lime notes on the nose and palate, they’re edged with seashell minerality and expect some marzipan and toasty notes from the 85% barrel fermentation as well. It could do with more generosity and freshness in the mid palate however. www.ashridgewines.co.nz  

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