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Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Villa Maria Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (NZ $25) Sourced from fruit grown in the Wairau Valley, this is a Sauvignon that’ll soothe the throat and clear the nose in majestic fashion. No joke. It’s an ultra-concentrated, herbaceously heaving example…

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 (NZ $22) Classic, punchy, passionfruit-packed and citrus-saturated Sauvignon Blanc here from one of Marlborough’s original wine families. Its whipcrack acidity gives it a cleansing, texture and accentuates the basil, lime and tomato leaf layers. It’s…

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Pinot Noir 2017

Wither Hills Single Vineyard Taylor River Marlborough Pinot Noir 2017 (NZ $25.99) Here’s the thing. I tasted this wine and immediately wrote ‘Black Doris Plum’ – then it wouldn’t let me go. It’s the perfect season for them and I…

New Zealand Chardonnay & Pinot Noir at the Other 45th Parallel Seminar

Chardonnay & Pinot Noir at the Other 45th Parallel seminar with Cameron, John, David and Ronan

New Zealand is well-known for Sauvignon Blanc, but are there any other grape varieties we should know about?  Yes!  I attended a webinar with David Keck MS (USA), John Szabo MS (Canada), Ronan Sayburn MS (UK) and Cameron Douglas MS…

Sauvignon Blanc – Get Past the Gooseberry, Let’s Talk About New Zealand Wine

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The first wine you probably tasted from New Zealand was probably Sauvignon Blanc, and probably it was from Cloudy Bay from the Marlborough region.  People know this wine style and recognize it as being from New Zealand.  But are consumer…

Quick Review: Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Greywacke Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 with wine in glass

What is greywacke, and why would a winery in New Zealand give itself that name? First, greywacke is a sandstone that contains a significant amount of silt and/or clay. According to the University of Auckland in New Zealand, greywacke “…comprises…

Hunter’s Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunters Home Block Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Hunter’s Wines Home Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (NZ$30) They might be one of Marlborough (nay, New Zealand’s) oldest and most successful wine companies, but it’s taken them until now to declare an ‘icon’ release Sauvignon Blanc.  Their young winemaker,…

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough Methodé Traditionnelle 2012

Spy Valley Echelon Marlborough MethodĂ© Traditionnelle 2012 NZ$36.99 I was completely seduced by the tiny, fine bead inside the glass, white gold, glossy, aromas of rising dough, crusty bread, caramelised character and richly structured.  Full, generous, incredibly elegant and finely…

New Zealand Wine: Welcome to Pure Discovery 2019

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New Zealand is well-known for producing fresh vibrant Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines; both cool climate grapes.  But with global warming warmer climate grapes like Chardonnay, Merlot, and Syrah are also successfully grown and produce quality wines in New…