Wine review: Sauvignon Blanc

I enjoy sauvignon blanc at this time of year, just before the new vintage is released. A year's bottle age softens and integrates the flavours so they are less assertive, although still fresh and crisp as sauvignon should be.

 

BEST VALUE

Main Divide Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$20

Four stars (out of five)

Good value

A wine that draws attention to itself with oodles of zesty sweet ripe fruit - melon, green kiwi and a suggestion of something tropical - savoury undertones and a firm, crisp, dry finish.

www.maindivide.com

 

 

 

 

River Farm Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$19

Three and a half stars

Good value

Fresh aromas hinting of lime zest and dusty gravel, followed by hints of melon, tropical fruit and mineral, and a crisp, assertive finish.

www.riverfarmwines.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Palliser Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$26.50

Five stars

Good value

Fragrant and floral with lush, generous fruit - ripe kiwi, peaches and tropical fruits - intense but restrained flavours nicely balanced with a crisp hint of gooseberry on the finish. A bright, satisfying sauvignon blanc that will continue to drink deliciously for some time yet.

www.palliser.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$20.65

Three and a half stars

Average value

Attractive aromas, sweet fruit - kiwi and melon with a hint of mango, a suggestion of mineral and a nicely balanced, lingering finish.

www.palliser.co.nz

 

 

 

 

Riverby Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$20

Three and a half stars

Average value

Attractive green fruits - lime and kiwi with an underlying minerality and richness, intense with a balanced, crisp finish.

riverbyestate.com

 

 

 

 

Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

$22

Three and a half stars

Average value

Hints of tropical fruit - mango and sweet gooseberry, a suggestion of mineral and a crisp, assertive acidity on the aftertaste.

www.arawines.com

 

 

 

ANOTHER GLASS

Ara Select Blocks Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

$26

Four stars

Average value

With suggestions of tinned asparagus and green herbs, at two years old this is complex with a suggestion of savouriness, a firm structure, and a bright, crisp acidity on the finish.

www.arawines.com

 

 

 

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