People can’t get enough of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but with all the no name, bottom end swill that the supermarkets are spitting out on the cheap its hard to pick out the good from the bad. There are several top-notch examples that emanate from Malborough that will make you sit up and take notice showing finesse and complexity. The collection features 3 bottles each which not only have received international acclaim from the worlds leading wine critics but serves to highlight why Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is still Australia's top-selling white wine.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc 2021
3 bottles Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
3 bottles Vidal Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
3 bottles Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2021
Catalina Sounds Sauvignon Blanc 2021
The result is a wine with a punchier nose than preceding years whilst maintaining the Catalina house style of delivering a textured and rich palate balanced with fruit precision and focus. Aromatically, the wine displays attractive grapefruit and white currant notes, with tropical fruits and crushed herbs in support and a perfectly balanced palate finishing refreshingly long and mouth watering.
Ara Single Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Delectably expressed, showing green rockmelon, kiwifruit, Gala apple and lemon zest characters on the nose, leading to a fabulously tasty palate that's filled with vibrant fruit flavours backed by refreshing acidity, making it immediately appealing. At its best: now to 2023. Date Tasted: Nov 2020; Price: $19.00; Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit
Vidal Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Vineyard selection for this wine was based on the potential of each site to produce wines which show tropical fruit flavours and generosity. "The 2020 vintage was grown principally in the Wairau Valley. Light lemon/green, with fresh, herbaceous aromas, it is a clearly varietal style with good depth of melon and green-capsicum flavours, dry (3.5 grams/litre of residual sugar) and crisp. Good value". Michael Cooper; 2021 Buyers Guide also Gold Medal - Royal Easter Wine Awards 2021
Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2021
This is instantly appealing on the nose showing green apple, gooseberry and passionfruit flavours. The palate is very fresh and succulent and is supported by a long juicy finish.
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