As good as Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc gets and up with the best from Marlborough.
Consistently one of New Zealand's best Sauvignon Blancs and when we get offered a 'deal' on it we snap it up as these are offered very infrequently. From Martinborough and although basically directly opposite to Marlborough, it is exposed to more wind in the late spring during flowering (those brisk southerlies that blow through) and this has the effect of lowering yields. The end result is that Martinborough Sauvignons tend to get riper fruit flavours than Marlborough – passionfruit especially. This is quite evident in this wine along with fresh pea, herbal notes.
Winery notes (2019 Vintage)
"An iconic Martinborough style of Sauvignon Blanc that is serious, subtle and textural while still oozing with vibrant tropical and citrus fruit characteristics."
Reviews for the 2018 vintage below..
5 Stars & 94/100 Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, April 2019 (2018 Vintage)
"Brightly fruited and intensely aromatic, the wine shows passionfruit, grapefruit, apple and lime peel characters on the nose, leading to a succulent palate that is lively and refreshing. It is pristine and vibrant, filled with delectable flavours, finishing beautifully long and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2021. "
5 Stars & 18.5+/20 (94) Raymond Chan, December 2018 (2018 Vintage)
"Brilliant, light straw-yellow colour with pale gold suggestions, pale on the rim. The nose is softly full and voluminous with well-concentrated and refined aromas of ripe tropical fruit entwined with passionfruit, harmoniously melded with fresh and dark herbs and subtle white floral nuances. This is mouthwatering. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned with vibrant and lively, piquant passionfruit flavours with fresh herb detail. The palate possesses refreshing, crisp acidity lending poise and vitality, and the wine flows along a fine line, leading to a luscious, thirst-quenching finish with fine, dry textures. This is a vibrant and lively, elegantly proportioned Sauvignon Blanc with a voluminous nose and finely concentrated flavours of passionfruit, herbs and florals on a mouthwatering palate. Serve with Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Palliser’, ‘Clouston’ and ‘East Base’ vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.4% alc., the wine spending 4 months on lees."