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Wine Reviews - Sauvignon Blanc
2006 vintages
by Sue Courtney
Last updated 24 Mar 2008

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Although some of these tasting notes may be found elsewhere on this site, this page brings together most of my 2006 vintage Sauvignon Blanc notes, listed alphabetically by producer. Click here for rating systems and abbreviations.

2006 Vintage

Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Full of armpit, lime and gooseberry aromas, it's classically the new sweaty Marlborough style. Crisp, fresh, pungent and tasty, fairly dry with gooseberry, apple and tropical fruit on the finish. Juicy and moreish. $17.50. 18Sep2006.

Anchorage Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A concentrated riper style, it smells of summer herb infused citrus with a hint of green bean and sweet pea and it tastes rich, bright and zesty. The herb and citrus on the nose comes through in abundance in the palate, there's a honeyed apple richness but it is not a sweet wine by any means, quite dry in fact. It's bright, refreshing, vivacious and tasty with an every so slightly grainy texture and a grassy herbaceousness and orange peel on the rich, long finish, with just a hint of pineapple as it lingers. 13.5% alc. 6g/l rs. $17. 13Feb2007.

Anchorage Reserve Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Hints of capsicum on the nose merge with citrus in the palate. Sauvignon's expected richness fills out the palate and grilled stonefruits linger on the finish. It's full-bodied with a soft, almost oily texture with fruit sweetness strumming along on the pungent aftertaste. Lightly oaked with aging on yeast lees. 13.5% alc. $18.00. 24Mar2007.

Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Very pale lemon with an appealing, full-on, ripe fruit aroma full of passionfruit and distinctive sauvignon fruit and a crisp, grassy flavour joined by juicy citrus, passionfruit and green bean with a slight graininess to the oily texture, a pungent lingering finish and just a touch of spicy heat. If this is what 2006 is offering - WOW! 13% alc. $19.99. 9Aug2006.
Full-on aromas of gooseberry, passionfruit and sweat lead into a ripe, juicy and very fruity palate full of sweet tropical fruit and tarter citrus underpinned by grass, capsicum and bean and a whole array of liquoricey herbs like fennel, chervil and dill. Steely citrus flourishes on the finish which is long and pungent, as to be expected. 13% alc. $19.99 or $18.99p.b. on case buys. 20Dec2006.

Ata Rangi Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Apples, melon and stonefruit, grainy textured, low cropped hand picked fruit, a minerally undercurrent and very dry. None of the Marlborough pungency but a barrel component adds flesh and structure to the juicy stonefruit and yellow guava fruit flavours that build in power to culminate in a very long finish. 13.5% alc. $25. 18Sep2006.

Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) This is a soft, oily wine with a character that reminds me of bubblegum along with tropical fruit and citrus with a touch of herb on the finish. $19.95. 28Jul2006.

Bach 22 East Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Capsicum aromas and flavours. It's a little dull to start with but soon redeems itself with capsicum and juicy sweet citrus with a delicate citrus pungency. 12.5% alc. $11.95. 24Mar2007.

Bensen Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Steely on the nose with a lime peel aroma and crisp, limey flavours in the palate. It's fresh and well-balanced with a slightly chalky texture and then explodes with juicy savvy fruit that is full of flavour, with a touch of apple and capsicum on the finish. A scintillating more citrussy style that will suit white fish. 13.5% alc. $16.95.11Sep2006.

Black Barn Vineyard Barrel Fermented Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (D) Very strong, leesy, pineapple and banana aromas with 'funky' and slightly stinky wild yeasts leaping out of the glass. Abundant tropical fruit salad in the texturally rich palate with a spicy, savoury undercurrent and a long, juicy aftertaste with excellent length. Fermented in French oak, 10% new, with 70% wild yeasts. $31. 9Oct2007.

Boreham Wood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Stonefruit, melon, tropical fruit and cherimoya aromas and full-bodied, bright fruited flavours with a tingling of juicy grapefruit, an underpinning of herbs, a delicate muskiness and a softness to the fleshy finish - which lingers deliciously. It sets itself apart because it's quite stylistically different to the Wairau Valley savvies, and all the better for it. 13% alc. $19.50. 16Oct2007.

Bouldevines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Crisp & tight, dry and citrussy, vibrant and refreshing with grass and herb flavours. It seems like it might have a nuance of oak adding richness to the texture, but it doesn't. 13% alc. $21. 8Oct2006.

Cable Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Dry, minerally, gooseberry, grapefruit, a touch of sweat. Lean style and very dry - but wait - it opens up deliciously with lots of greens on the juicy finish. 3% oak. 13% alc. $20. 18Sep2006.
There's a citrussy overtone to the capsium and green bean on the nose then gooseberry and grapefruit fill the oily textured palate with a hint of that 'sweaty' character coming through on the finish, a touch of toffee as it lingers and banana-like notes on the aftertaste. Those notes were made when tasted at room temperature and the wine tasted unbalanced and sour. When chilled it is far more exciting with the acidity toning down the sweetness and pronouncing the edgy gooseberry flavours. 13% alc. $20. 17Oct2006.

Carrick Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) There's a perfumed, slightly musky note, a grassy herbaceous and crisp green fruit backbone and a flinty undercurrent but like all the good SB's it explodes on the finish with ripe, juicy, tropical fruit that lingers for ages. 13% alc. $19.50. 18Sep2006.

Church Road Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Straw gold. Lemony aromas with hints of capsicum and some sulphides in there too. Fresh, tasty, spicy, bright and zesty in a lighter-bodied style, it's quite flinty and dry green apple fruit and a hint of cut grass 'smokiness' on the lingering fresh, tasty finish. 14% alc. $24.95. 24Mar2007.

Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (c) Light gold with richness to the colour, it's delicately smoky and mealy on the nose and crisp, fresh and grassy to the taste with underlying flavours of apples and citrus and herbal notes coming through on the long, leesy, full-bodied finish. A wine with power and flow with a touch of nectarine coming through as it lingers. A small portion of the wine was barrel fermented and this portion remained on its yeast lees for 4 months. 13.5% alc. 9Oct2007.

Clayridge Excalibur Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Creamy, barrel-ferment oak scents - delicious and inviting. The toasty barrel ferment flavours merge in harmony with melon and tropical fruit. Full-bodied, rich, ripe and tasty, the fruit makes a vibrant statement on the rounded and lightly spicy, spritzy, sweet-edged finish. Long and lasting with wild yeast flavours coming through with time in the glass. A wine of harmony, balance and richness - a stunning example of oak-fermented Sauvignon Blanc. 14.5% alc. $26. 24Nov2007.

Clayridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Rampant sweat on the nose later becomes quite grassy and herbal. Green apples in the palate, dry, almost grainy texture, gooseberry, apples, lime with a toffeish character coming though on the sweetish finish. Lots of pungent herbaceous notes and a sweaty aftertaste. It becomes richer and richer, and needs more time as some nice flavour notes appear as it opens up. There's a hint of oak and wild yeasts coming into play as well. Rich and powerful with a long juicy finish. 12.5% alc. $18.95. 17Oct2006.

Clearview Hawkes Bay Te Awanga Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Lovely delicate 'green' characters on nose - herbs, grapefruit - it smells like sauvignon should, but it is not so appealing in the palate with a Vitamin B character sticking out at first. Get past that and you will find a zesty wine with a citrussy backbone, quite rich, powerful and spicy with hints of gooseberry and a sweet, pungent finish. 90% tank fermented. 9% Semillon blended from barrel ferment. 13.5% alc. $20.00. 24Mar2007.

Clearview Hawkes Bay Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc)
Toasty oak and lemon bread on the nose with a hint of butterscotch, this creamy, powerful wine is full of bright citrus, nectarine and pineapple flavours with smoke and wild yeasts adding an intriguing savoury complexity while orange zest and a sprinkling of coriander adds brightness to the fragrant finish. A powerful, alternative style of sauvignon blanc, more powerful than the partly oaked Te Awa (2006) tasted alongside it, this rich, full-bodied, grainy textured, well made, well balanced, 100% oaked style would suit the more traditional chardonnay drinker although the crisp sauvignon fruit firmly stamps it varietal statement on the finish. Aged in oak for 11 months, with 9% semillon in the blend. 13.5% alc. $24.00. 26Aug2007.

Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Marlborough Blanc 2006 (sc) Very tight to start with, especially when served so cold as to subdue the delicate aromas, so employ lots of wrist action to bring out the richness and flavour and the power of the wine will explode on the aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $33. 10Oct2006.
Water pale and delicately aromatic with gooseberry, sweetish capsicum and the merest suggestion of sweat, it's packed with flavours that become more and more powerful and continue to haunt long after the wine is swallowed. Think limes and passionfruit, apricot and gooseberry and that delicately musky note as it lingers. One of the best from this label. Served reasonably chilled to accentuate the refreshing acidity. 13.5% alc. $28.99. 18Oct2006.

Coopers Creek Early Release Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A fresh fruity wine with a lime and passionfruit aroma and a soft, sweet fruit flavour that seems quite gentle for the first two seconds then hits you with its bracing freshness. It is powerfully pungent with lemon grass herb and tropical fruit and some residual sugar to appeal to the masses. 13% alc. $16.99. 5May2006.

Corbans Homestead Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Zesty aromas full of gooseberry fruit with gooseberry and melon in the palate and a kind of earthy, pithy backbone that leads into a citrussy finish with grassy herbs pushing through the earth. Chilling dulls the wine, making it taste bland and sweaty. 12.5% alc. $15.95. 17Oct2006.

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - Martinborough (sc) A soft mellow sauvignon blanc with partial barrel fermentation and wild yeast imparting distinctive aromas while adding weight and richness to the palate. There's a crisp herbaceousness, an earthy undercurrent, a long dry citrussy finish and a sweet stonefruit note to the lingering aftertaste. "Sauvignon Blanc for grownups". 14% barrel ferment. 12% indigenous yeasts. 4 months on lees. 13.5% alc. 3g/l rs. $24.95. 31Oct2006.

Croft Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) There's a touch of that sweaty armpit character on the nose, which is unusual for Martinborough but might just be setting the trend off there. It's tight and just a little grainy in the weighty, textural palate which is full of apple, lime & gooseberry fruit while the finish is dry and tasty with just a touch of grapefruit lingering. Made by Claire Mulholland. 13.5% alc. $20. 8Oct2006.

Crossroads Destination Series Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A pungent wine with just a little of that sweaty character, it's crisp and dry with gooseberry and a touch of tomato stalk with tropical fruit and apple or the finish. I can just imagine this with tomato based salads. 10% Awatere fruit. 13% alc. $19. 18Sep2006.

Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Sweaty, musky, apocrine aromas and tight, musky, tropical fruit, gooseberry and lime flavours that build up to a rich, juicy finish. The sweaty character is always there, but does not overpower while the texture is chalky but garnering an oiliness. Lots of Marlborough greens on the tasty finish. 13.5% alc. $15.90. 11Sep2006.

Dog Point Marlborough Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (c) Light yellow gold, smoky and just a little earthy with a very subtle steely character and funky wild yeast scents. It's impressively ripe and fruit-sweet in the palate yet earthy, nutty and savoury with sizzling intense fruit reminiscent of tropical guava and kiwi berry and always sauvignonís distinct pungency. It finishes dry, funky and steely with the satisfying glow of after love. An incredible wine, it's so different, so way out there and on the edge.13.5% alc. $36. 16Mar2008.

Dry River Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 A little restrained on the nose but exuberantly pungent and distinctly sauvignon blanc in its flavour. There's an initial spicy, tingly, grapefruit zest spritziness that gives way to a silky texture with a fine, steely undercurrent and fruit that encompasses the apple, lime and passionfruit spectrum before melon and stonefruit flesh out the finish while underlying gooseberry keeps it focused. Bone dry, crisp and refreshing. 13% alc. Release price $31. 16Sep2006.

Eradus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A full-throttle sweaty armpit style, rich and fruity with the citrus on the nose coming through to excite the palate together with cut grass, tropical fruit and a stonefruit richness to the citrussy finish. Awatere fruit. Made at Marlborough Vintners. $19.95. 10Oct2006.
Straw gold coloured with vivaciously pungent cut grass and summer herb aromas and rich apple, gooseberry, citrus, pineapple, passionfruit and nectarine flavours, a beautiful slippery texture and a toasty grassy herbaceous finish. Made from Awatere Valley fruit, this bright, vibrant wine is yum, yum, yum. 13% alc. $18.99. 17Jan2007.
Rich, ripe, vibrant, oily texture with lemon, lime gooseberry armpit - vibrant, punchy and crammed with passionfruit and pineapple fruit, it's simply yum. 13% alc. $18.99. 18May2007.

Five Flax East Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Tasted at room temperature it lacks vibrancy on the nose and in the palate it's oily textured with citrus and grapefruit although a little sweet and toffee-ish with banana-infused tropical fruit and melon on the finish. Chilling pronounces the acidity and tones down the sweetness resulting in a bright, fruity, zesty, punchy drink. Must be served chilled. 13% alc. $13.95. 17Oct2006.

Forrest Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Rich, ripe, fruit sweet, well-balanced and tasty with mid-palate richness adding complexity and more than a touch of grapefruit adding zesty brightness. It's dry in style with fruit sweetness and a salad of tropical fruit pouncing on the finish for a long juicy aftertaste. Very drinkable. 13.5% alc. $18.95. 11Sep2006.

Forrest Estate James Randall Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A perfect balance of fruit sweetness and acidity with a lime-like citrus bitterness complementing the overall fleshy juiciness. There's an exotic character to the flavours, like feijoa, which blends into more typical, gooseberry, melon and apple. The texture is rich and creamy but there's a crisp, earthy, slightly flinty undercurrent. The pungency of the sauvignon fruit takes over and there's an intriguing aniseed character as it lingers then on the aftertaste, Christmas plums from the old family home (an early cropping Japanese variety with cherry red skin and yellow flesh). A concentrated powerhouse of a wine with a finish that goes on and on. Outstanding. 14% alc. $39. 4May2007.

Foxes Island Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Ripe, bright fruity and lively, sweet fruit, tart racy acidity, resplendent in its portrayal of Marlborough greens, even bordering on vegetal, which in this context is quite okay. The capsicum, bean and sweet pea flavours are tinged with bright citrus acidity with lemon, lime and even tangelo addling to mix. Texture is slightly grainy, there are myriads of grassy herbs and the finish is long, tasty, full and pungent. And to top that off, there's a complex mouthfilling richness, probably because the wine was worked on its yeast lees for 6 months. 13.5% alc. $28.95. 4May2007.

Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Light gold, clear, bright. Grassy and herbaceous with gooseberry and citrus on the nose. Crisp, grassy and citrussy in the juicy palate, rich, almost oily and brightly pungent with gooseberry, hints of grapefruit, a zesty spiciness, a flourish of herbs and a touch of pear and tropical fruit on the lingering aftertaste. 13% alc. $19.95. 4May2007.

Francis-Cole Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Tasted just 3 days after bottling, it's closed on the nose but the richness and fleshiness of the sauvignon fruit is all there in the palate and the burst of flavours kick in with abundance 30 seconds after the wine is swallowed. 10Oct2006.

Freefall Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Deliciously juicy and full of flavour with gooseberry on nose and fresh, vibrant flavours of kiwifruit and feijoa amidst the myriad of exotic tropical fruits with a firm underpinning of grapefruit-like citrus. Wairau Valley fruit. 13.5% alc. $17.95. 8Oct2006.

Gladstone Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Served at room temperature, citrus in the palate combines with extracted green flavours and there are sweaty notes too, but they are gym locker rather than freshly washed. Capsicum and gooseberry fill out the finish with a hint of tropical fruit trying to push its way through. When chilled the wine is crisp with a rich oily palate, a slippery texture and a powerful zesty finish. 13.5% alc. $22. 17Oct2006.

Gladstone 12,000 Miles Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A pungent, capsicum and slightly sweaty (B.O. aroma) with apples to the fore in the palate - toasted apples, spice and zesty citrus with a rich Sauvignon backbone and a long, ripe, sweet-fruited pungent finish. A wine with lots of flavour and a bit of that sweet and sour thing going on as well. 13.5% alc. $16.95. 24Mar2007.

Goldwater Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A weighty, full-bodied sauvignon blanc, quite pungent with a touch of sweat, capsicum and tomato stalk with a stonefruit and melon emerging on the finish - a contrast of pungent sweaty fruit and richness balanced by refreshing citrus and baked green apple acidity. 13.5% alc. $20. 24May2007.

Grove Mill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Tropical fruit and apple aromas and crisp, steely flavours with lots of grassy, green, lime characters and a slightly grainy texture. Tastes dry, crisp and refreshing at this stage of its life and will flesh up over the summer. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 11Sep2006.

Hunter's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Apple and gooseberry aromas, not overly pungent, and an oily, apple, citrus and gooseberry fruit flavour with a crisp freshness and an underpinning of summery herbs. It is reasonably full-bodied but there's a dull sweaty character that emerges and a prickly tartness to the drying finish. 13.5% alc. $19.90. 16/20. 5Jan2007.

Isabel Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A subdued, soft, funky, warm, rich style with a mealy, caramel influence, a departure from the typically high acid, tropical fruit, punchy, green-edged Marlborough savvies. There's a component of older oak and wild yeasts adding richness to the melon and stonefruit flavours and there's a wee burst of apple acidity on the slightly grainy finish. 13% alc. $23. 6Jul2007.

Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Subtle yet powerful with wonderful fruit weight and richness to texture with a light 'fruit nectar-like' viscosity that adds to the pleasing mouthfeel. It's abundantly fruity with a hint of orange peel on the nose and a touch of ripe stonefruit amongst the summer herb, capsicum and tomato and citrus flavours, yet there's a softness and creaminess there that makes this wine so appealing - I reckon even Chardonnay drinkers would enjoy this savvy. 13% alc. $22.50. 24Nov2007.

Jackson Estate Grey Ghost Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A new wave 'alternative' style with wild yeast ferment and 80% barrel work resulting in a rich, ripe, powerful, flavoursome wine. A little savoury on the nose with hints of soft oak and grilled peaches, and a soft, rounded, mellow palate with peach, passionfruit, melon, summer herbs, a touch of honey, a spicy savouriness to the creamy backbone and a mouthfilling and pungently long finish where tropical guava flavours emerge. Tasty and complex. 13% alc. $29.95. 24May2007.

Julicher Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) There's that kind of Martinborough regional signature of green apple on the nose, and in the palate it's very crisp and very dry with gooseberry, lime, capsicum and bean. It seems like it needs to fatten up a little at this stage but the zesty characters on finish open up to a long, pungent, and delicious aftertaste. 13.5% $19.50. 8Oct2006.

Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pale straw with a pungent scent and ripe, tangy and juicy flavours with melon, stonefruit, limes, grapefruit, passionfruit and gooseberries fighting for supremacy. Crunchy, classy and totally delicious, a blend of Wairau Valley and Awatere Valley fruit. 13% alc. $18.99. 21Mar2007.

Kakapo Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Apples on nose and apples in palate with a crisp citrussy backbone, herbs, gooseberry and a juicy finish. Shy to start but opens up well. Awatere Valley. 13% alc. $18.95. 8Oct2006.

Kaituna Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Made from Awatere fruit, it doesn't leap out of the glass like some others but boy, it packs a punch in the palate. Crisp, fresh and fruity with well-defined acidity, lots of pungent grassy flavours and a flourish of apple, lime, melon, kiwi and tropical fruit make this a quenching, mouth awakening starter to the evening. 13% alc. $15.99. 13Dec2006.

Karikari Estate Silver Bay Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Quite delicate - call that 'shy' - on the nose with tropical fruit and boiled lemon lolly aromas, it's dry and steely to the taste with a salty minerality to the pineapple and gooseberry fruit while crisp apple flavours and sage-like herbs linger on the aftertaste. Nota classically pungent style but would wow some of the seafood that is so abundant in the Far North. 12.5% alc. $19.00. 26Aug2007.

Kim Crawford SP Spit Fire Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) (sc) Rich, vibrant, sweaty aroma and a fabulous, fat, mouthfilling flavour full of tropical fruit and stone fruit with a hint of honey adding richness and crisp underlying herbs. Beautifully vibrant and tasty. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) It smells bright, fruity and zesty with hints of grapefruit on the nose. The bright, zesty aromas carry through to the palate which is rich and ripe with a citrussy sweetness, a grainy texture and a vibrant, juicy, tangy and lightly toasty finish. 13.5% alc. $22.50. 18/20. 5Jan2007.

Latitude 41 Marlborough/Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Z) Quite grassy, peasy, capsicum aromas, citrussy and spicy to the taste with a firm underpinning of gooseberry and capsicum with citrus and herbs on the full-bodied finish. Fresh and clean with good acidity. 12.5% alc. $19.99. 17Mar2007.

Lawson Dry Hills Limited Release Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Really strong grapefruit aromas, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or grapefruit frosted with sugar and put in the fridge overnight. The grapefruit carries through to the palate with vivacious lemon grass and other herbs amongst bright, pineapple-dominant tropical fruit, with a grassy backbone. Fantastic with a bitter green salad. 5% barrel ferment. 3g/l rs. 14.5% alc, $20. 13Aug2006.

Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Ripe grapefruit on the nose and juicy, grapefruit in the palate with underlying tropical sweetness and a crisp, green, grassy backbone with the zingy grapefruit the dominating character throughout. Vibrant and tasty. Imagine this for breakfast! Yum! 13% alc. $20.95. 11Sep2006.

Lincoln Heritage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 'Lukrica' (sc) Pale lemon in colour. Citrus and lime sherbet on the nose with a gooseberry richness taking over, it's bright and citrussy to the taste with a slightly oily texture and a pungent herbaceous backbone with a touch of sweetness on the tangy finish. A wine that has fruit from both the Awatere and Wairau Valleys, it's very tasty as an accompaniment to a smoked salmon, horseradish and cream cheese spread. 13% alc. $18. 11Aug2006.

Lindemans New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Bubblegum on the nose and oily in the palate with green bean and green apple flavours. Crisp, fresh and herbal, as sauvignon blanc should be, but also a little earthy and dull. 12.5% alc. $14.95. 31Jul2006.

Lonestone Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Not as exuberant as some of the others on the nose this is grassy and nettley with grapefruit and passionfruit and a dry, taut but juicy finish. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Longridge Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pale yellow. Zesty, vibrant style, gooseberry and citrus, underpinning of herbs, soft and simple like a sweet, juicy riesling with sauvignon blanc's pungent oomph fleshing out the finish. When chilled it still tastes sweetish but tastes more like a Marlborough style. 12% alc. $15.95. 17Oct2006.

Mahi Byrne Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A lean style with a soft texture from partial oak treatment that imparts underlying richness and power to the citrus zest, pear and apple fruit characters. Wairau Valley fruit fermented in both tank and oak with a portion of wild ferment. 13% alc. $21. 12May2007.

Mahi Francis Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Aromas of gooseberry and capsicum lead into a soft palate with oak toning down the vivacious grassy, gooseberry flavours. It's smooth, rich and rounded with baked apple and a smidgen of honey on the toasty finish and some of that funky wild yeast character rippling into the mix every now and then. A complex style of savvie made from Wairau Valley fruit with fermentation in both tank and French barriques. 13.5% alc. $21. 12May2007.

Mahi Ward Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Vibrantly aromatic, grassy and vivacious, crammed with mouthwatering flavours of citrus, lemongrass, gooseberry and exotic fruit like tropical guavas and feijoa with plenty of Marlborough greens (capsicum and green pea) adding to the full-on attack of flavours. There's a mealy richness, a slightly grainy texture and a toastiness to the finish. Deliciously exciting and deliciously moreish, Ward is a new vineyard area, clse to the coast, about 40 k's south of Blenheim. 14% alc. $21. 12May2007.

Main Divide Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Grassy aromas and rich pungent, grassy herbal flavours characterise this juicy refreshing style with abundant fruit and a herbal note to the stonefruit and tropical fruit finish. Can just imagine quaffing a chilled glass of this on a hot summers day. Made from 100% sauvignon blanc with no lees aging, which is a departure from the traditional Main Divide style. 13.5% alc. $20. 18Sep2006.
Soft and leesy at first with hints of grapefruit and sherbet building on the flavoursome palate that fills out with an abundance of herbs, lime, grapefruit and tropical fruit with a grassy backbone, a honeyed sweetness and lots of bright, refreshing spice and zest. A very commercial, 'drink me now', style. 13.5% acl. $19.95. 13Feb2007.

Manaia Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Straw lemon gold in colour with a fresh citrussy aroma imbued with lemon grass and other aromatic herbs. It's a crisp, dry, steely style, lovely and refreshing with the sauvignon flavours growing in richness for a long, flavoursome finish. Not overly pungent but well balanced and totally perfect for the occasion, which was a summery platter lunch. It had been chilled about an hour and it was most exceptional with basil flavoured feta cheese and cold falafels. Winemaker: Jen Bound. 2 g/l rs. 13% alc. 6Feb2006.

Margrain Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Lots of spritz and zest, apples, mandarin, gooseberry and peppery spice - fresh and clean with hints of apricot on the lingering finish. A lighter style with plenty of punch. 12.5% alc. $24.00. 24Mar2007.

Matahiwi Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Tempting with its passionfruit and pineapple aromas, it's crisp and fresh and full of juicy tropical fruit flavours with hints of apple, a slightly grainy texture and plenty of grass and summery herbs packing into the full-on finish. Juicy, fresh pineapple flavours take over again to make it a brilliant refreshing drink. Great for lunches, crusiy afternoons and pre-dinner drinks. 13% alc. $17.95. 17Oct2006.

Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (green label)(sc) Classically varietal nose with grassy, crisp flavours crammed with lime, herbs and passionfruit with just a hint of bubblegum, but very good and very fresh with racy pineapple emerging as it lingers. Trying to imitate a Marlborough with its grassy freshness, only the label tells you it is Hawkes Bay. 13% alc. $14.95. 31Jul2006.
Herbal on nose with just a whiff of sulphide, it's herbal to the taste too, quite rich and powerful, full of tropical fruit and zest, as it builds up to a long, pungent finish. 12.5% alc. $0.00. 24Mar2007.

Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (Fernleaf) (sc) Pungent, slightly sweaty aromas but a little dull in palate and a little sweet. Quite different form the green label wine, which has the same barcode, but is an earlier bottling. 12.5% alc. $14.95. 24Mar2007.

Matua Valley Innovator Northbank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pungent, grassy, herbaceous and floral on nose. Enigmatic in palate. Oily textured and hints of vegetal tones with guava, feijoa, grapefruit, lime and hints of musk. Quite powerful, pungent and excitingly different. There's richness and softness and spiciness which is perhaps a clue that there is wild yeast and perhaps some oak. Juicy and exotic with pears and apples on finish, tobacco adds heat to the aftertaste and grilled peaches take over at the end. A fascinating wine with so much going on, so many wave and surges, so many flavours. Very nice. 13.5% alc. $28.95. 8Sep2007.

Matua Valley Matheson Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A richly flavoured wine with weight from aging on yeast lees, there's grassy notes amongst the pineapple and tropical fruit and the finish is long and pungent with some grapefruit characters emerging. 13.5% alc. $18.95. 24Mar2007.

Matua Valley Paretai Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Full of juicy tropical fruit with an underpinning of pineapple, this is crisp, crunchy and beautifully refreshing. The gorgeous slippery texture has just a little bit of grip, there's a myriad of juicy green fruit, musky notes emerge on the long flavoursome finish and the aftertaste is long and pungent. Stunning wine. 13.5% alc. $27.99. 30Nov2006.

Matua Valley Shingle Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Fresh, vibrant and classically pungent with ripe, clean, tropical fruit and melon beautifully balanced to the crisp, citrussy, tangerine backbone. Simply outstanding. A superb follow-on from the fantastic wine from 2005. 13.5% alc. $17.95. 31Jul2006.

Matua Valley Shingle Peak Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Very pale in colour, this smells vibrant and fruity while the flavour is full of tropical fruit underpinned by crisp gooseberry, kiwifruit and citrus with fresh cut grass and summer herbs. Still quite tight but juiciness prevails on the long dry finish. Everything I want in sauvignon blanc - juicy fruit, powerful flavours, refreshing acidity and a long finish. Exciting. 14% alc. $21.95. 8Oct2006.

Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Like and old fashioned Marlborough style, it's rich and powerful with lots of greens - gooseberry, feijoa and hints of lime and the finish is long and pungent. 13% alc. $22.95. 24Mar2007.

Mount Nelson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pale in colour but rich, mouthfilling and fruity with a lovely attack of flavour and flow. Hints of herbs and citrus zest on the nose and a delicately herbaceous citrussy undercurrent balance the juicy fruit and the long, rich, tasty finish has an earthy, stony depth. Bone dry with 3-4 months on yeast lees. 13% alc. $21. 9Oct2007.

Mount Riley Block 2 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Sweat, grassy aromas and crisp, grassy, herbal flavours with a toastiness to the tropical fruit and stonefruit, and almost oily texture and a crisp, fresh, citrussy finish. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.
Rampant aromas of cats pee and sweat may raise the hair on your back - or it may seduce your senses like it did the judges. This is a rich, slippery textured wine with fabulous, mouthfilling and concentrated flavours of prickly pear (kiwano), pineapple, apple, gooseberry with a crisp, grassy undercurrent and a zesty spiciness to the powerful finish that goes on and on. 12.5% alc. $17.99. 11Oct2006.

Monkey Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Full of capsicums and herbs with juicy flavours of horned melon (kiwano), it's oily in texture with a sweetish tropical fruit finish. Must be chilled to bring out the freshness and tone down the sweetness. 12.5% alc. $14.95. 17Oct2006.

Morton Estate 'The Marchioness of Morton' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A bright, mouthfilling, sweet and savoury style with distinctive summer herbs, tropical fruit, melon and a bright citrussy tang; a touch of lightly honeyed toasty oak plays in the background without detracting from the vibrancy of the fruit. There's a tight graininess to the wine, which is superbly structured and made to age and the mellow oak characters express themselves beautifully on the pungent, broad-flavoured finish. Full-bodied, tasty and a superb match to pan-fried gurnard with lime and coriander. First vintage fruit from the Kuranui Vineyard near Seddon. 13% alc. $26. 6Jul2007.

Nautilus Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) With a touch of grass on the nose and fruit flavours of tropical fruit, gooseberry, passionfruit and lime, this wine has filled out texturally with a softness balancing the bright fruit. Long and pungent with some capsicum coming through on the finish, it is lovely drinking now. $25. 9Oct2007.

Neudorf Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Gooseberry and passionfruit on the nose, gooseberry in the palate, grainy, earthy style, it shows the terroir, bone dry, it's got lots of character to the aftertaste and it fleshes out and lets the tropical fruit emerge. Pungent and grassy. Brightwater region fruit. 14% alc. $22. 18Sep2006.

Okahu Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A slightly smoky, cheesy apple aroma and crisp apple flavours with a hint of lime, this wine is quite steely even a little metallic, and the medium weight finish is dry and lean. 15% of the wine was fermented in oak. Suffering from sulphide reduction on the first tasting, it's a lot better when the struck match character has blown away. 13% alc. $24.99. 26Aug2007.

Omaka Springs Falveys Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - Marlborough (sc) With a fantastically vibrant aroma of passionfruit, limes and grassy herbs and deliciously juicy flavours, this bright straw gold-coloured wine is full of everything that makes NZ Sauvignon Blanc so exciting. It's fresh and zesty with the aromas coming through to the palate in abundance to leave an exciting flavour of limes, passionfruit, gooseberries, grass and lots of juicy sweetness to the crisp, dry finish. 12.5% alc. $22.99. 13Sep2006.

Palliser Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Light golden in colour, it looks richer and it tastes richer with its full-bodied flavours full of tasty cape gooseberries, tropcial fruit and citrus underpinned by the famous green flavours of sauvignon blanc. Possibly a hint of oak (notes will tell) and a long creamy finish with grapefruit and barrel ferment characters lingering on the finish. Chardonnay drinkers could even drink this. 14% alc. $22. 17Oct2006.

Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Sauvignon Semillon 2006 (sc) A completely different style of sauvignon when tasted alongside an unoaked Marlborough wine, probably because it has oak-fermented Semillon in the blend. It's a rich lemon in colour with smoky pineapple and tropical fruit on the nose and a spicy savoury flavour with grapefruit acidity over stonefruit with sauvignon's pungency kicking in on the finish. There's a funkiness from the wild yeast fermentation and the finish is long and dry. The salmon spread is a yummy food and wine combo and accentuates the citrussy brightness of the wine. Also rather delicious with a baked feta too. 13% alc. $25.50. 11Aug2006.

Pencarrow Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Slightly musky notes on the nose, delicate sweat one could say, the freshly washed armpit kind. The fruit is sweet and juicy and full of tropical fruit, lemon and tangelo with hints of fennel - I can just imagine a fennel and tangelo salad as an accompaniment. There are hints of tomato stalk too and the finish is dry with a touch of tropical fruit on the lingering finish. This crisp, zesty wine would be great on its own or with fresh summery salads. 13% alc. $17. 17Oct2006.

Ra Nui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Like eating sauvignon blanc grapes straight off the vine, this is a softer, fruit sweet style and very grapey. Add to that some grassy herbaceousness and tart gooseberry fruit with an earthy undercurrent and a long, bright, zesty aftertaste with a hint of pineapple, and you have a very palatable and tasty wine. Highly recommended. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 11Sep2006.

Richardson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Crisp, steely and just a little grassy on the nose -it smells very fresh, as young Sauvignon Blanc should be. In the palate it's toasty and pungent with crisp apple and gooseberry fruit with nuances of mellow oak adding softness while melon and stonefruit loiter in the background. Fifteen percent was fermented in older barrels with wild yeasts, but the funky, mealy characters are not apparent right now - if you like the characters that wild yeasts introduce, expect them to start evolving as the wines garners complexity over the next few months. 13% alc. $25. 15Aug2006.

Richmond Plains Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Lightly pungent on the nose and brisk in the palate. An old fashioned ' vegetal' style with beans and capsicum, a touch of grapefruit and a herbal finish. Undeniably sauvignon with richness and length. Certified organic grapes. 12.5% alc. $17.99. 24Mar2007.

Riverby Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pungent and fruity smelling with gooseberry and lime aromatics that carry through to the fresh, focussed palate which is quite dry, a little grassy and lightly oily. It's a wine of richness and power with a bright zesty finish and savvie's typical pungency abounds on the lingering aftertaste. 14% alc. $19. 20Apr2007.

Rockburn Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Quite quincy on the nose with hints of asparagus adding a slightly vegetal character. It's weighty in the palate and the fresh sauvignon fruit is full of gooseberry and citrus. The richness of the wine comes through, the leesy notes are fat and almost honeyed and there is chardonnay-like weight to the finish and a tropical fruit aftertaste. Complex and interesting with 15% barrel-ferment component in the blend. 13.5%. $21. 11Oct2006.

Ruben Hall Sauvignon Blanc NV (sc) Not so expressive on the nose, it shows shy gooseberry, melon and tropical fruit in the palate with typical sauvignon blanc pungency pushing through on the finish. Quite a sweet style with 8 g/l residual sugar, it's made from a blend of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne fruit with 87% Sauvignon Blanc and 13% Semillon. 4 g/l rs. 12% alc. $9.95. 17Aug2006.

Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Zesty, citrus aroma and soft tropical fruit, citrus and stonefruit flavours with an underpinning of gooseberry, grass, herbs and capsicum. Rounded and soft with a long tasty finish - a very user-friendly style. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Sacred Hill Sauvage Hawkes Bay 2006 (sc) Vanilla and pea pod scents indicate a rich creamy oak-aged or barrel-fermented wine. Smooth and creamy in palate, lots of vanillin oak influence, slightly grainy texture, a green pea infusion and although quite mellow there's a pineapple flourish to finish. 13% alc. $30. 24Nov2007.

Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Pungent, grassy, lime sherbert lime aroma and rich, beautifully balanced, fresh grassy and crisp gooseberry flavour with a touch of stone fruit and sweet tangelo-like citrus. It slips down easily, thank you very much - and the tropical fruit - passionfruit/pineapple finish with a herbaceous twist is crisp and long. Good with tomato-based soup and quiche with courgettes and sweetcorn. 3.8g/l rs. 13% alc. $19.95. 13Aug2006.
We talk about sauvignon blanc having leap-out-of-the-glass aromas, well this one has leap-out-of-the-store aromas. As the arrival wine at a First Glass Wednesday tasting, glasses were already poured and sitting on the counter, and the powerful winey aromas full of sweaty fruit and grassy things were wafting out the door. A delicious, bold style of savvy, full of juicy limes, greengage and passionfruit that flesh out to a powerful pungent finish that lasts just about all night. Dry in style and very tasty. Another winner for Saint Clair. 13% alc. $16.99.
Juicy and pungent with a crisp lime and gooseberry backbone, a gorgeous slippery texture and a long lasting pungent finish that abounds with tropical fruit. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.
Brightly aromatic with sweet pea on nose and light textured dancing zest on the palate with apple, grapefruit, passionfruit and a twist of lime to the finish and a long lingering aftertaste that reminds me of the nectarine I ate this afternoon. Outstanding everyday drinking style. 13% alc. $16.99. 10Jan2007.
Pungent with gorgeous, 'in-your-face' grassy, passionfruit aromas and scintillating tropical fruit and grassy flavours with lots of greens. It's fresh and punchy and served chilled it is deliciously quaffable. I love its everyday drinkability. 13% alc. $16.99. 7Mar2007.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Soft, herbaceous aromas and a crisp citrussy palate that grows in richness to overflow with grass, gooseberry, stonefruit and tropical fruit with lots of zesty summer herbs on the long, sweetish finish. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Vibrant, lively medium to full-bodied style chock full of liquorice herbs like fennel, chervil and tarragon with lime and passionfruit and tangelo sweetness on the finish. Lightly oily in texture with a touch of viscosity. Very tasty - actually downright delicious. 13% alc. $27.99. 3Jun2007.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Subtle on the nose, a little more in the capsicum mould with a distinctive hint of 'sweat'. It seems a little sweet at first, a little like bubblegum, but it finishes dry. Green spectrum flavours of gooseberry, herbs, capsicum and beans fill the palate with a slightly earthy undercurrent, a touch of spice, a toastiness to the finish and a ripe, pungent, quintessential sauvignon blanc aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $24.99. 7Mar2007.
Pale lemon, bright, tangy and pungent with passionfruit on the nose, but fairly restrained in the palate at first. A flinty style, quite dry with a slightly talcy texture, lots of lemon, lime and grapefruit, spicy zest, hints of musk and an abundance of fennel and chervil-like herbs joining gooseberries on the much richer finish. Juicy and long. 13.5% alc. $24.99. 21Mar2007.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 6 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Gorgeously pungent and fruity with hints of 'sweat', it's smooth textured, slippery in its flow and crammed with Marlborough's famous greens - lime, cat's pee on a gooseberry bush, bean, a touch of citrus and fragrant summer herbs. Vibrant and tasty, full of flavour and panache, it culminates in a mouthfilling explosion of pineapple and tropical fruit. Very hard not to like. 13% alc. $24.99. 27Sep2006.
Pale lemon coloured, vibrant 'leap-out-of-the-glass' aromas full of citrus, gooseberry and fresh cut grass and juicy, fresh tasting, mouthfilling flavours full of limes, gooseberries, pineapple and passionfruit over a grassy, herbacsous backbone. Scintilliating acidity providesd the perfect balance to the ripe fruit and the finish is rich and long. 13% alc. $25. 13Dec2006.
Powerfully expressive, the aromas of vibrant tropical fruit, citrus and fresh cut grass are simply summer in a glass. It's full-bodied, ripe, rich and balanced with a gorgeous oily texture and delicious tasty fruit full of passionfruit and pineapple with a touch of lime and summer herbs that build to a powerfully long finish. 13.5% alc. $24.99. 20Dec2006.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 7 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A more classic aromas of gooseberry and herbs, it's crisp, fresh and grassy to the taste with a rich, toasty backbone and banana passionfruit on the finish. Pungent and full of flavour, it's what I call 'classic' Marlborough sauvignon blanc. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Saint Clair Pioneer Block 8 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Light and fruity at first, it's quite creamy in texture with a spiciness and hints of tomato stalk. Clean and zesty with fruit salad and summer herbs, lightish and delicate style. A riesling kind of savvie, kind a departure from the usual Saint Clair style. I waited and waited and waited for the aftertaste to kick in and it didn't come. 13.5% alc. $25. 8Sep2007.

Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2006 - Marlborough (sc) There's NZ's unique sweaty sauvignon blanc character on the nose and a crisp, fresh zingy flavour full of citrus, lemon grass, capsicum and gooseberry with an explosion of pineapple and passionfruit. It's tangy with a touch of spice, a long dry minerally undercurrent and a hint of toastiness which all comes together gorgeously but it is the flavour and texture that sets this wine apart. Another fantastic 'Wairau Reserve' from Saint Clair, who, with their track record, is now indisputably NZ's leading Sauvignon Blanc producer. 13% alc. $27.99. 13Sep2006.
Light straw, pungent and juicy, it smells tantalisingly delicious and tastes fresh and punchy with juicy ripe tropical fruit. It's crammed with passionfruit and pineapple with an underpinning of gooseberry and lime, it's slightly grainy in texture and not overly herbaceous, just long and tasty and finishes dry. Simply delicious drinking. 13% alc. $27.99. 22Nov2006.
A rich, ripe, full-bodied and more powerful savvie (than the Saint Clair Marlborough tasted just before it) with a deliciously pungent passionfruit and herb aroma and a rich iced melon flavour with melon, gooseberry, citrus, lime, herbal undercurrent and crunchy passionfruit on the finish, perhaps some tropical guavas too. The powerful flavours linger for ages. 13% alc. $27.99. 10Jan2007.
A rich, full wine with piercing lime, passionfruit and gooseberry flavours and hints of stonefruit adding richness to the texture while the flavour building in intensity to a long, powerful finish. Apart from the gorgeous flavours and the beautifully balanced acidity, it is the texture where this wine excels, it is the texture that makes this wine a notch above the previous wine. It is the texture as well as the gorgeous flavours and intensity that make this the top wine in the Saint Clair sauvignon blanc range. It is the champion. 13% alc. $27.99. 7Mar2007.
Dry, lean, tomato stalk aroma - later a hint of sweat. The initial tomato stalk carries through to the palate which seems quite lean at first but quickly becomes rich, fleshy and juicy with a silky smooth texture and a scrumptious passionfruit finish. As the glass gets emptier the wine continues to enthral with its delicious ripeness, its tropical fruit, feijoa and melon and its rounded, full and lasting finish. 13% alc. $27.99. 1Jun2007.

Saints Vineyard Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Tropical guava, gooseberry and lime on the nose. Powerful, pungent exotic, perhaps a little oily and creeping over the vegetal side of the spectrum. It's bright and zesty with lime sherbet, gooseberry, herbs and capsicum and an amazingly, mouthfilling, pungent finish that you don't even have to wait for. It's there before you know it and it brings passionfruit and apricots and spicy zesty citrus with it and all those vegetal thoughts slip away. Wow, the explosion of flavours. Delicious. 13% alc. $19. 8Sep2007.

Seresin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) There's a kind of spicy peppery scent to the leesy aroma of this barrel fermented wine but in the palate the vibrant crisp fruit comes into play. There's gooseberry, limes and grassy flavours with honeyed oak and stonefruit balancing out the finish. 13.5% alc. $23. 18Sep2006.
Pale in colour and a little herbaceous and oily on the nose with a subtle presence of that distinctive Marlborough 'sweat'. After 30 minutes chilling, tropical fruit aromas emerged too. A ripe, juicy, bright and flavoursome style with a capsicum oily character and a piercing, herbal, citrussy richness. There's 5% Semillon approximately 10% French oak. Indigenous yeasts as well as cultured yeasts were used for fermentation. 13.5% alc. $23. 23Feb2007.

Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Straw gold. Very crisp, fresh and bracing with initially zesty, herbaceous, gooseberry flavours and a powerful pungent mouthfilling aftertaste that fills the mouth with sweet tropical fruit and hints of musk while an underpinning of capsicum balances the sweetness and reveals the more vegetal side of the wine - like day lily pods 18 months after vintage. 13% alc. $16.95.8Sep2007.

Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) With a smoky aroma and a rich, leesy palate that's full of citrussy lemon-like fruit, the tropical fruit sweetness that creeps in on the juicy finish is kept in check by the taut citrus and herb backbone. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.
Pale yellow, pungent and oily textured, dry and crisp with fresh grapefruit, lime, gooseberry, capsicum, grassy herbs, bean, passionfruit and a spiciness to the long, pungent aftertaste. 13% alc. $18.99. 4Oct2006.

St Jerome Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Very pale in colour. Quite shy on nose at this stage, delicate at first, the citrus and gooseberry fill out with a grassy herbal character and the finish is long, fresh and dry with passionfruit emerging. 13 % 2.5g/l rs. $18.95. 8Oct2006.

Stone Paddock Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Flavour and texture with a flinty undercurrent to the ripe tropical fruit, melon and honeysuckle. It's spicy, zesty, vibrant and delicious with 10% barrel ferment adding richness. 13.8% alc. 2Sep2007.
Smoky with richness, flavour, power and mouth tingling spiciness. Fine textured, a little subdued, perhaps because of region or oak (in the blind tasting situation) - and when the label was revealed, this was the case because it is Hawkes Bay with 10% barrel ferment. Pineapple, melon and tropical fruit combine in a harmonious manner and build to a powerful, fruity, and richly proportioned lasting finish. New release. 13.8% alc. $20. 8Sep2007.

Stoneleigh Rapaura Series Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A very dry style, dry and herbaceous with gooseberry and a touch of grass, sweated green fruits such as apple, gooseberry, green passionfruit and lime with a long dry finish. Fantastic focus and length. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. 20Sep2006.

Summerhouse Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Apple, hints of pineapple and grassy herbaceous aromas set the scene for the fresh, soft, tropical fruit, gooseberry and capsicum flavours with hints of musk and an underpinning of grainy-textured, racy, lime and apple acidity that imparts a zesty vivaciousness to the mouthwatering finish. 12% alc. $21.95. 19Oct2006.

Te Awa Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc)
Lovely creamy, fruit salad, citrus and sweet herb flower aromas and slightly smoky, savoury, spicy flavours with grilled stonefruit, guava, gooseberry and herbs. The 50% barrel ferment has added a powerful texture and complexity to the wine without over powering the flavour, all in all it's clean, bright and interesting with a fantastic persistence of length. Nice to drink on its own or to match to smoked seafood or chicken. Not for the unoaked sauv blanc purists, but if you like the alternative style, I do recommend this. 100% Gimblett Gravels fruit. 13.5% alc. $22.00. 26Aug2007.

Te Mania Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A citrussy aroma and a tropical fruit flavour with pineapple to the fore and stonefruit on the finish. Not so pungent but quite juicy with a clean zesty finish and a rich, juicy aftertaste. Lovely and fresh. 12.5% alc. $17.99. 24Mar2007.

Te Mata Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) There' a hint of musk joining the grassy, fresh summer herb aromas and it tastes smooth, fresh, soft and juicy with refreshing tropical fruit, a vibrant grassy herbaceousness and a juicy acidity - think pineapple without the overpowering flavour. Balanced to perfection so the fruit and acid tumble across the palate in a ball of togetherness and a spicy, spritzy, mouth awakening finish. 12% alc. $19.95. 19Oct2006.

Ti Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Vibrant and punchy with fruity aromas and crisp, fresh flavours of bright summery herbs and juicy citrus, it's weighty and full with a slightly oily texture and a long tasty finish 13.5% alc. $16.99. 8Nov2006.

T.H.E. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A little shy and grassy on the nose with lots of racy Marlborough greens in palate and juicy lemon and lime acidity. It's a punchy wine with excellent weight and a touch of sweat to make up for the subdued aroma while the finish is long and full of citrus, summer herbs and tropical fruit that build and build in flavour to culminate in a powerful lingering aftertaste. 4.5 g/1 rs. 13% alc. $20. 8Oct2006.

Torlesse Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Quite shy on nose with hint of lime blossom, nettles and a touch of sweat. An earthy style, minerally and crisp with a herbaceous undertone, tomato stalk and tropical fruit sweetness emerging on the citrussy finish. 13% alc. $18.95. 8Oct2006

Triplebank Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) It's quite restrained on the nose with hints of lemon and herbs and quite bitter to the taste at first with bitter grapefruit dominating the front to mid palate. But it becomes quite rich, sweet and full and even a little toasty with grilled peaches coming into play while the underlying texture is quite earthy and grainy and the pungent aftertaste is full of pineapple. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 26Aug2007.

Vavasour Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Subtle citrus and sweet summer herb aromas and sweet citrus and tropical fruit flavours, while it lacks initial punch it soon explodes with spicy, zesty, vibrant, herbaceous and focussed tropical sauvignon fruit flavours. There's a touch of tobacco, and a hint of sweat and while it's very much in the tighter, tauter, citrussy spectrum, the pungent and vibrant finish has a full-bodied richness. 13.5% alc. $20.00. 26Aug2007.

Villa Maria Riverstone Sauvignon Blanc NV (sc) Fragrant, fruity, tropical aromas with a hint of bubblegum, this crisp, zesty wine with gooseberry, citrus and pineapple fruit has a herbal twist. It's clean, fresh and vibrant with a touch of sweetness that softens the finish. Not stated as vintage on the label, but this is 2006 vintage fruit from Marlborough, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne vineyards. Value for the price. 4g/l rs. 13% alc. $10.95. 17Aug2006.

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Aromatic and zingy, fresh and juicy with loquat and pear fruit filling the mid-palate and a flourish of passionfruit on the rich, juicy finish. 14% alc. Pre-release. 20Jun2006.
Soft and fruity with cut grass aromas and vibrantly fruity flavours that are a great expression of sauvignon blanc. It's slightly oily in texture with a spicy backbone, hints of tobacco and a touch of sweetness to the intense finish that's full of passionfruit and lime-like citrus. 3.5g/l rs. 13.5% alc. $16.95. 17Aug2006.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Citrus, gooseberry and herbs on the nose, gooseberry and limes in the palate. Soft and oily with a painter's palette of greens - think green fruits, herbs, beans - plus tomato that creates a bracing backbone to the vibrant mouthfilling finish that's chock full of pineapple, passionfruit and lime with gooseberry and herbs lingering on the pungent aftertaste. Very expressive and very tasty. 3 g/l rs. 14% alc. $21.95. 17Aug2006.

Waimarie Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) One for those who like a softer sweeter style of sauvignon blanc, but there's still plenty of crispness and a lemony herbaceousness with capsicum, green bean, a spritzy undercurrent and a liveliness to the mouthfilling pungent, powerful and warm toasty finish. Whose says you can't drink savvy in winter. This wine will definitely warm you up. 12.5% alc. $19.95. 11Jun2007.

Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Full of fruity aromatics, this is a strong, punchy, mouthfilling savvy with just the merest hint of sweat together with cut grass, lime, gooseberry and passionfruit. The upfront crisp acidity is well balanced, there's good weight in the mid-palate and the lasting finish is rounded and smooth. Very, very good wine. 13% alc. $15.99 . 6Dec2006.

West Brook Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) It's a little subdued on the nose but full of fresh flavoured zingy gooseberry, apple and citrus with a hint of melon and a good dollop of summery herbs. $17.95. 7Jan2007.

William Thomas Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) A tight crisp austere, high acid style, full of capsicum and citrus with a tomato stalk character and a spritzy backbone, it seems dry at first but builds to a sweeter finish with hints of pineapple. 12.3% alc. $21. 23Oct2006.

Wishart Te Puriri Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Soft and just a little sweet, there are apples galore in the palate infused with herbs and a touch of citrussy spritz. A little bit sweet on the finish however. Named for the Puriri Tree in the middle of the Bay View vineyard. 12.5% alc. $18.00. 24Mar2007.

Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Gooseberry on the nose leads into a crisp fresh palate full of gooseberry and guava-like fruit with a prickly, zesty backbone and a finish full of herbs and gooseberry with a twist of lime. NZIWS Gold Medal Tasting. (Batch BR315). 20Sep2006.
There's a slightly floral character to the nose which doesn't 'leap out of the glass' like many savvies do. Gooseberry, citrus and apple fruit fill the soft palate which has a seam of sweetness running through it, there's no sweat at all and while classically Marlborough, it's not overly complex. 13.5% alc. $17.99. (Batch BR335). 6Dec2006.

Woollaston Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2006 (sc) Served chilled, this crisp, juicy fruited, herbaceousness wine really hits the spot. It's full of bright, zesty flavours with a lemony undercurrent and a taut steely backbone. Gooseberry flourishes on the finish. $18. 23Nov2006.

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