Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $20 (4 stars)

Steady yourself for a tsunami of citrus, punchy passionfruit, luscious lemonade and a long, long, long (did I say long?) flavoursome finish. Crafted by the good folk at Pegasus Bay wines, this is a lovely example of the North Canterbury style. Yummo!

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $35

If someone held a gun to your head and demanded you name one of New Zealand’s most highly awarded sauvignon blanc’s or it’s curtains – then best you whip out Wairau Reserve. The current release is a cracker. Lemongrass, passionfruit, zesty citrus, sugarsnap pea, white pepper and capsicum characters lead to a luscious, lime-induced glass […]

Brightwater Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $20.00

Nelson might be claiming fame as the ‘aromatics capital’ of the country, but Garry and Valley Neale at Brightwater are determined their sauvignon blanc isn’t ignored. They don’t need to worry. I love the bright, lemony and floral flavours that leap from the glass and there’s classic elderflower and passionfruit for Africa. Tangy, generous and […]

Ant Moore Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $22.95

How pretty is this label? Almost as pretty as the gorgeous, organically produced, passionfruit fest inside the bottle I reckon. Incredibly tropical and herbaceous, this sauvignon is super sexy and erupts with pea pod, rubbed basil, lemonade and lime curd notes all over the place. Ant Moore is serious talent when it comes to winemaking […]

Grava Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $27.50

Alistair Gardner and Karla Falloon have crafted a classic, old school-styled sauvignon here from their deep, gravelly vineyard located in the rain shadow of the Rimutaka Range. I love the hints of sweetpea, fresh asparagus, elderflower, passionfruit, lime and preserved lemon on the nose and palate. It’s whole-bunch pressed instead of being traditional crushed, to […]

Soho Stella Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $25.00

Super zingy herbaceous and nettle-like notes pierce the nose and the mouth bursts with ripe passionfruit, lime and lingering, gum-tingling acidity. It’s a real ‘Ooh Aah’ style of sauvignon that’ll perk up even the most jaded palate. Made by Dave Clouston from vineyards in the upper Wairau Valley, it’s a crunchy, crisp style that roars […]

Misty Cove Waitaria Marlborough Organic Barrel White Wine 2016 $39.99 (5 stars)

This is one extremely gorgeous blended white that’ll induce wow’s around the table I’m sure. Winemaker Andrew Bailey has co-fermented organically-grown sauvignon blanc, pinot gris and chardonnay grown in his Waitaria Bay vineyard in Kenepuru Sound and matured it in new and matured French oak for 12 months. The result? A wine bursting with tropical […]

Coal Pit Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2016 $22.95

Woah! Here’s a total lime overload and I love it! Central Otago has its own signature when it comes to sauvignon blanc and that’s proudly showing off intense citrus, gooseberry, green apple and passionfruit in a squint-factor-fifty flavour sensation. Lean, clean and boasting hints of powdery florals on the finish – it’s a wine that’ll […]

Delta Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2016 $22.95

With its sweet pea, lemon and passionfruit aromas, this snappy sauvignon follows up with a softly fruited, tang-fest on the tongue. Made by star wine consultant Matt Thomson and sourced from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point sub-region – this sauvignon has a whole lotta herbaceousness, classic red capsicum and jalapeno characters and serious […]

Leveret Estate Reserve Barrel Aged Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $29 (4 stars)

How is it that a sauvignon blanc can be fresh, frisky and citrusy, but also buxom and bodacious at the same time? When it’s the Leveret Reserve style, that’s how. Displaying all that juicy passionfruit, pineapple and lime loveliness we expect in Marlborough sauvignon, yet somehow morphing the herbaceousness into a soft, smoky spectrum of […]

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