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  

Greystone Waipara Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $22 (4.5stars)

100% of the sauvignon blanc juice was fermented in French oak before a smidge (10%) was put through a malolactic ferment to add a creamy, textural layer.  After maturation in barrel for another  months before being bottled back in December, you’d expect this sauvignon to be seriously toasty.  However it’s remarkably herbaceous, floral and fresh, […]

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013

Matawhero Barrel Fermented Gisborne Chardonnay 2013 $25.99 ★★★★★ I love the scent of this wine, it’s all toasted croissants, grilled nectarines, custard squares and fresh pinapple in the glass.  Deliciously layered with tropical tones, elegant spices and crisp, tangy acidity on the finish.  It’s gorgeousness from Gisborne that you definitely should try pronto.  www.glengarrywines.co.nz  

Gladstone Vineyard Sophie’s Choice Barrel Fermented Wairarapa Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Gladstone Vineyard ‘Sophie’s Choice’ Barrel Fermented Wairarapa Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010 $35  It’s as yellow as its Golden Retriever namesake.  The late Sophie spent 14 years chasing birds, eating the grapes which fell from the crusher and bludging food from customers in the café.  She’s much missed but this wine will leave a lasting impression.  […]

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