WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

With many wines reaching 13% to 14% alcohol, there's a move by some winemakers, admittedly with varying success, to produce wines of around 9% without sacrificing flavour. This is, however, still about twice the alcohol of beer.

 

BEST VALUE

Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$19

Four stars (out of five)

Good value

Fragrant and oozing lovely, bright passionfruit with a suggestion of nuts and caramel, this is intense and mouth-filling, with a fine structure and lingering aftertaste.

www.saintclair.co.nz

 

 

Brancott Estate Flight Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$27

Three and a half stars

Below average value

This has a light fragrance with hints of flowers, herbs and green fruit, bright hints of passionfruit and a simple, crisp finish. At 9% it's one of the lower-alcohol sauvignons and is often on special.

www.brancottestate.com

 

 

Invivo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$20

Three and a half stars

Average value

Light aromas but lots of fruit flavours - ripe apple, passionfruit, mango, pear, and a lively, crisp, but well-balanced finish.

www.invivowines.com

 

 

Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$21

Three and a half stars

Average value

Fragrant with sweet fruit hinting of mint and passionfruit, intense, with a crisp, assertive finish. Good value on special at $14.

www.thornbury.co.nz

 

 

 

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$20

Three and a half stars

Average value

With aromas of passionfruit, grass and petrichor (raindrops on hot stones), this fresh, tight young wine hints of sweet gooseberries and mineral and finishes with a lively, assertive acidity.

www.organicwines.co.nz

 

 

Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$21

Four and a half stars

Good value

This leaps out of the glass, pungent and aromatic with hints of gooseberries and raindrops on hot stones.

It's mouth-filling with lots of fruit intensity and a bright, lively textural finish. It's so well balanced, it invites another glass - something I find rare among sauvignons.

www.saintclair.co.nz

 

ANOTHER GLASS

Te Mania Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$19

Three stars

Below average value

A lively wine in the mineral and gooseberry spectrum, with a crisp, assertive acidity.

www.temaniawines.co.nz

 

Invivo Bella Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$19.95

Two and a half stars

Below average value

One of the low alcohol (9%) sauvignons, but although there are hints of mineral, grass and perhaps tropical fruit, the texture is soft, and it's light and somewhat dilute in flavour.

www.invivowines.com