Sauvignon Blanc good choice on a warm evening

The day I tasted this delicious sextet of wines followed a succession of warm days.

The summer heat had built up in the house and it seemed such an opportune time to be tasting Sauvignon Blanc.

That evening, I sat down on the deck, revelling in the warmth, the gentle hubbub of neighbourhood activity (lawn mowing, kids playing etc) in the background, and thought, what a great time for a glass of SB.

Bright, fresh, full of flavour and quite uplifting at the end of a busy day.

Hope that these work their magic on you?

2023 Saint Clair
Pioneer Block 2 Swamp Block
Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $33
Rating Very Good to Excellent

Starts off vibrantly 
pungent, settling with 
aeration. Wisps of 
gooseberry shift to cut 
grass, sweat & pea 
pod, hints of fruit jube 
join in later. Supple in 
the mouth echoing the 
characters on the nose 
adding candied lime & 
lemon influences while 
fresh acidity keeps this 
vibrant. A long finish of 
ripe gooseberry. 
Classically styled and 
raring to be poured into 
your glass.


2023 Astrolabe
Province Marlborough
Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $28
Rating Excellent

Waves of perfume, 
florality and talc part to 
release the raft of green 
herbs and gooseberry. 
The palate is deceptively 
weighty, filling the 
mouth, yet not at all 
heavy, effortless and 
complex. Again the green 
herbs & gooseberry to 
the fore yet extra layers 
of ripe nectarine and 
tropical fruit remind you 
how nicely composed 
this is. Wonderful length, 
begging to be enjoyed 


2023 Yealands Estate 
Single Vineyard Awatere 
Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $27.95
Rating Excellent

Subtle at first, growing 
in pungency as it 
opens with smoke, 
brambly touches, 
spice and passionfruit. 
A touch of fruit pastille 
sweetness leads, 
sweetly ripe fruit 
adding a tropical tinge 
with classic cut grass 
underlay. Take your 
time with this, as 
there’s lots going on, 
garnering real 
zestiness as it opens 
out. Does it well.


2023 Riverby Estate
Single Vineyard Marlborough 
Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $22
Rating Excellent to Outstanding

Fascinating nose, 
moving from passionfuit 
to tamarillo, to smoke, 
to licorice with hints of 
sweat. The palate 
captures your attention 
with greengage plum, 
cut grass, herbs and a 
hint of wine gums, a 
combination of richness 
yet juiciness, 
developing a little musky 
element. Great flavour 
intensity, lovely balance 
and a refreshingly long, 
zesty close.

2023 Saint Clair Pioneer 
Block 25 Point Five Block 
Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $33
Rating Excellent

No mistaking the variety, 
real generosity to the 
aromas of cut grass, 
gooseberry and sweat. 
Almost a cool feel to this, 
fresh, vibrant and racy, 
echoes the notes on the 
nose. Attractively dry, 
building appealing 
textural richness, 
swelling as it opens, 
carrying the flavours 
neatly through the palate. 
Delightfully refreshing 
and zesty on the finish, 
so much to enjoy here.


2023 Yealands Estate 
Reserve Marlborough 
Sauvignon Blanc

Price RRP $20.49
Rating Excellent to Outstanding

Brambly, smoky, 
almost a touch of nettle, 
the fruit evolving to 
some ripe tropical 
influences underpinned 
by hay and grass. 
Another bright entry 
with racy acidity, citrus, 
a touch of sweat, great 
flavour intensity that 
draws you back for 
more. Fresh, vital, a 
vibrantly long and dry 
close with grassiness to 
the fore. A lip-smacking 
quality that really hits 
the ‘‘yum’’ factor.