Coal Pit Proprietor’s Reserve Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Coal Pit Proprietor’s Reserve Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $40 Aromas of smoked lemongrass, bruised basil, lime and a pinch of passionfruit lead to copycat flavours on the palate.  Flavours accentuated by layers of creamy, smoky complexity from a wild ferment in 30% new French oak.  It’s a flavoursome and new take on southern sauvignon […]

Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018

Te Aro Wine Co Toil and Trouble Hawke’s Bay Pét Nat 2018 $27.50 Created by Jules Van Costello (owner of Cult Wines and Te Aro Wines)  from sauvignon blanc sourced from the Bridge Pa sub-region (with a teensy splash of Marlborough sauvignon blanc to kickstart the ferment, this is a hyper fizzy, crown-sealed firecracker to […]

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Kelly Washington Wairau Valley Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $36  Aromas of freshly-baled pea-hay, lemongrass and soft, white pepper characters co-exist with lime and nettle notes in a beautifully balanced, mineral-driven mouthfeel that is just delicious. Certified organic and very classy in the glass, I really wish I could confidently say that New Zealanders will pay […]

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 $20.99  Get on your skateboard, segway or scooter and shimmy on over to the Main Divide North Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc 2018 ($20.99) to pour with any sort of pan-fried pesce perfection.  Crisp, crunchy, packed with citrus and huge herbaceous notes, this wine is superb to sip with fresh fish.  […]

Moulin de Gassac Pont De Gassac Blanc 2017 $36

Looking for something lipsmackingly dry, apple-driven and crunchy-fresh?  Then you’ve come to the correct cul de sac in the Moulin de Gassac.  A blend of Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and a squeak of Terret and Viognier from the village of Villeveyracin the Thau Lagoon area of the Languedoc – it’s like a charge of […]

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 […]

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

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