Giesen The Augūst Barrel Fermented Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021 $40

Pronounced ‘Aww-goost’, this wine is a reverential nod to German restauranteur, hotelier, sommelier, and all-round, early 20th-century hospo legend August Giesen, ‘Opa’ to brothers Alex, Marcel, and Theo. It’s the company’s flagship sauvignon blanc, yet it’s so far away from traditional styles, it needs its own passport. Crafted from fruit grown in their Matthews Lane and Dillons Point vineyards and fermented wild in oak barrels, it’s loaded with lemongrass, miles of marzipan, luscious lime, and a dusting of wow-inducing white pepper. Salmon gravlax? Superb! Drink now through 2028