WINE REVIEWS: Sauvignon Blanc

Most of the better 2014 sauvignon blancs will benefit from another few months or a year's bottle age, but some deliciously potent ones turned up in this group.



Giesen The Brothers Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013


Four stars (out of five)

Good value

With a year's bottle age, the effusive fruit - zesty lime, citrus, fresh guava, passionfruit - mineral and suggestions of tinned peas, has harmonised with the rich textural and vibrant finish.





Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Four stars 

Good value

Exuberant fruit suggesting passionfruit, citrus, pineapple and a hint of golden kiwifruit, rich and vibrant in the mouth with a lovely intensity and a well-balanced crisp acidity. A hedonist's sauvignon blanc.



Ara Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Three and a half stars

Average value

A zesty wine hinting of gooseberries, ripe green kiwifruit and hot river stones, this has lovely fruit intensity, a crisp, vibrant finish and lingering aftertaste.



Catalina Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Three and a half stars

Average value

Catalina Sounds wine is better known in Australia than New Zealand but is now available here as well as across the Ditch. This oozes grapefruit, gooseberries and crisp apples with a suggestion of fresh sweat and mineral, and it has a nicely balanced weight and intensity with a crisp finish.





Giesen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Three stars

Average value

With soft floral aromas, hints of mandarin and crisp apples, this is lighter in flavour than some but has a lively, assertive finish.





Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014


Four stars

Below average value

Pungent and oozing fresh guava, passionfruit, green fruits and hot river stones, this is a powerful, assertive wine with a rich seam of acidity and a vibrant finish. 



Giesen The August 1888 2012


four and a half stars (out of five)

Average value 

A barrel fermented sauvignon, hinting of smoke, mineral and tinned peas, it's mouth-filling
with a suggestion of nuttiness, complex flavours and textures and a nicely balanced finish. One of a
handful of fine barrel-fermented sauvignons that will develop for 5-10 years.






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