edited by Sue Courtney
Wine Reviews - Sauvignon Blanc
by Sue Courtney
Last updated 23 Mar 2008
Although some of these tasting notes may be found elsewhere on this site, this page brings together most of my 2005 vintage Sauvignon Blanc notes, listed alphabetically by producer. Click here for rating systems and abbreviations.
In my notes 'gooseberry' refers to the South Island green gooseberry unless otherwise specified. Cape gooseberry and Chinese gooseberry (kiwifruit) are different fruits.
Click here for a historical perpsective of Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand.2005 Vintage
3 Terraces Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Rich, pungent, sweaty and grassy with sweet fruity flavours where gooseberry, melon and apple are to the fore with a rich of passionfruit coming through on the finish. Rich and flavoursome with melons lingering on the aftertaste. 13.5% alc. 2.5g/l rs. 7.7 g/l TA. $24.95. 8Sep2005.
Allan Scott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Racy and bright with juicy gooseberry and yellow guava with a crisp, pungent grapefruit finish and loads of herbs. Definitely yum. 13% alc. $17.50. 19Sep2005.
Allan Scott Prestige Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Gooseberries on the nose and a richness in the palate from the partial barrel-ferment which contributes to the creamy texture. Lots of greens - grass, herbs, gooseberries and limes - with a melon and peasy character coming through and a crispness to the long, full-bodied finish. 13% alc. 2.5g/l rs. $30. 19Sep2005.
Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Sweaty characters on the nose characterise this dry, fresh, racy, herbaceous style with green bean and capsicum over gooseberry with plenty of limey citrus on the rich, pungent finish and lingering tropical fruit. 13% alc. $18.95. 10Aug2005.
Auntsfield Long Cow Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Aromatic and lifted with a leesy lemony note. Rich in the palate, concentrated and creamy with tropical fruit to the fore and a crisp, grassy note to the finish where a whisper of oak emerges. Quite delicious. Match it to food - Yes! Drink on its own - yes! Highly recommended. 13.5% alc. $22.50. 12Sep2006.
Bensen Block Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pungent capsicum, gooseberry and herbs on the nose, tropical fruit and citrus in the palate. Still bright and fresh with lots of herbaceous greens and melon and apple flavours lingering on the spritzy, pineapple finish. Two years on from vintage and still very approachable with hints of bubble gum and a brightness to the lingering aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $15.95. 8Sep2007.
Blind River Wines Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp and herbaceous with grapefruit-like citrus making a statement over the grassy backbone. A little sweet on the fruity, juicy finish where it is all tropical fruit which nicely balances the acidity. 13.5% alc. 9Nov2005.
Borthwick Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) When first tasted in a line-up of 23 sauvignon blancs, I thought this was strange, like it had some gewurz mixed in with it, or something. Smoky aromas and flavours of musk and apples with a touch of spice, slightly redeeming itself on the finish with a grassy, herbaceousness and the apples coming through to linger. It seemed atypical but the next day there is no hint of that gewurz-like thing at all. There's a hint of oak on the nose and a mealy richness to the flavour from 5 months aging on yeast lees, with lots of herb on gooseberry backbone and a dry , juicy finish with, of course the classic Wairarapa apples coming through to linger. Ten percent oak adds richness and softness to the palate. 13.5% alc. $20.95. 3Dec2005.
Brookfields Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Fresh, grassy and grainy with fantastically vibrant summer herbs and punchy gooseberry flavours with a long, slightly zest, pungent, seemingly dry finish. 13.5% alc. 5g/l rs. 8.25g/l TA. $18.95. 8Sep2005.
Cable Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp and juicy with lots of lively acidity and a creamy richness to the texture with juicy kiwifruit mid palate and tropical notes to the long, fresh finish.13.5% alc. 4 g/l rs. $21. 19Sep2005.
Carrick Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pale in colour, it smells of wet hay and green apples then in the palate it is a little oily and acidic with sweet herbs, lemon peel and apple seeds. Seems a little dilute and lacks the intrinsic pungency of sauvignon blanc. 20% fermented in older oak barrels. 12.5% alc. $18.50. 27May2006.
Charles Wiffen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Abundant gooseberry on the nose, ripe and fruity in the palate, melon, herbs, crisp and fresh, with mid palate richness and good length. Increasing in power as it lingers with a grassy pungency. 13% alc. $20. 22Aug2005.
Charles Wiffen Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A little more subdued on the nose but bright and fruity in the palate with zingy citrus/grapefruit acidity and a creaminess to the long pungent, tropical fruit finish. Lovely mouthfeel. 13% alc. $23. 22Aug2005.
Church Road Marlborough Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) With grilled pineapple and green beans on the nose, this oak aged savvie shows richness and power with the mellow oak toning down the softly pungent melon and tropical fruit flavours. There's powerful acidity underpinning the wine with a subdued yeasts lees influence and a slightly grainy texture and the stonefruit finish is long, juicy and flavoursome. An excellent older example of the style. 14% alc. $21.95. 8Sep2007.
Church Road Cuve Series Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Tasted from a barrel sample, this is straw-yellow in colour with oak-influenced flavours over citrus with a spicy richness to the finish. A big, full-bodied style with the mellow oak giving a chardonnay-like fullness, but the pungency of the sauvignon blanc fruit lingers strongly. 13.5% alc. $30. 19Oct2005.
Churton Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (c) A hint of that unique Marlborough sweat on the nose, and all the typical Marlborough greens in the palate, with gooseberry, herbs, asparagus, bean and limes with a tropical flourish to the aftertaste, this is THE wine to match to new season's asparagus and salads. 14% alc. 12Sep2006.
Clayridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A deeper coloured wine than many other 2005's at the same age, this is soft and full in the palate with a grainy texture, red apples, citrus peel and tropical fruit. A ripe style with only a hint of herbaceousness and a lingering, smoky finish. 13.2% alc. $18. 3Dec2005.
Clayridge Excalibur Marlborough Sauvignon 2005 (sc) Golden in colour, it looks more like chardonnay than sauvignon blanc and with its ripe apricot, melon and citrus fruit and smooth creamy texture, it tastes a little like chardonnay too. It's a toasty wine with crisp, zesty citrus and a touch of caramel on the finish. Mouthfilling and long. A delicious oak aged style. Brilliant match to whole, roasted spring onion and fennel bulbs. 14.5% alc. $29.95. 17Oct2006.
Clearview Reserve Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) It's light yellow gold with green glints. On the nose it shows a slightly developed mellow character with funky yeasts, vanilla and stonefruit. It's rich and complex in the palate with underlying melon and stonefruit. Well-balanced, tasty, buttery and long, this barrel-fermented wine is caressingly aged in oak for 11 months with weekly lees stirring. There's 9% Semillon in there as well. 13.5% alc. $22.00. 24Mar2007.
Clearview Te Awanga Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pale coloured, herbal smelling with a touch of tart apple and subtle oak dog which leads into tart gooseberry and ripe melon flavours with a slightly spritzy texture and a citrussy finish. A reasonably full-boded style with a crisp, dry, bracing finish. 13% alc. $16. 3Dec2005.
Cloudy Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Quite muted pear-like aromas and warm-textured spicy flavours with fleshy pear, citrus, gooseberry and tropical fruit and a slightly, sweaty herbaceous pungency to the juicy finish. After a restrained start, it finishes quite powerfully - this is a wine that always shows better six months after release. 13.5% alc. $28.95. 12Oct2005.
Cloudy Bay Te Koko Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A light gold coloured wine with powerful aromas of tropical guava and feijoa , a wild yeast funkiness and a touch of caramel oak complexity. Bright and tangy to the taste with exotic fruits, baked apple, an oiliness to the texture, a soft acid backbone and a long, powerful finish, this is an intriguing wine and so different. Perhaps the best yet. 13.5% alc. $43.99. 20Feb2008.
Coopers Creek Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Straw gold, toasty, pungent and almost sweaty with rich flavours of grass, gooseberries and tropical fruit with an oily texture and a fumť (cut grass) finish. 13% alc. $17. 9Nov2005.
Corbans Homestead Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light gold. Developing peasy notes on the nose with metallic, damp hay aromas. Peasy notes underlie the riesling-like citrussy flavours, but it's SB through and through on the finish with is ripe, powerful, long and zesty. 13% alc. $13.95. 24Mar2007.
Corbans Private Bin Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Straw gold. Subtle smoky aromas and grassy flavours with melon and tropical fruit enhanced by soft, mellow oak with a lemon grass and melon fruit richness to the lingering finish. A rounded, mouthfilling style with oak adding complexity without overpowering the fruit. 13% alc. $19.95. 20Oct2005.
Cottage Block Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Sweetish smelling with hints of tropical fruit, it's well-balanced in the palate with hints of oak, melon and stonefruit and a citrussy backbone with a sweet herbaceous influence and soft oak on the finish. Medium to full bodied. Not too aggressive. 13.5% alc. $27.95. 27May2006.
Crossroads Destination Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Freshly squeezed lemon aromas and lemon-dominant flavours in this full-bodied wine that lets the classic Marlborough flavours of gooseberry and herbs emerge then give way to bright zesty, tropical fruit.. Dry and lively with lime, cut grass and tobacco lingering on the long, vibrant finish. 13% alc. $18.95. 3Dec2005.
Dashwood Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Very pale coloured. Grassy, gooseberry and melon aromas lead into a smooth, oily textured wine with gooseberry and quite vibrant tropical fruit with a juiciness to the exuberant passionfruit and citrus flavours that linger on the finish. A very appealing wine both in packaging and taste. 13.5% alc. $15.95. 31Oct2005.
Dog Point Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Palest straw coloured, sweet pea and herb aromas and tropical fruit flavours with a good dollop of kiwifruit and lime, a hint of capsicum and a lingering, sweet pea finish. Fresh, ripe, juicy and long. 13.0% alc. $23.95. 30Nov2005.
Domaine Georges Michel Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (D) A bit like lemon sherbet at first, it develops gooseberry and baked apple flavours over a slightly honeyed backbone with the complexity of old oak adding to the weight. Oily textured with crisp acidity, and while not the classical style, itís a very good food wine. Try it with a stir fry of onion, leek, fennel and tomato to accompany chicken. 14% alc. $22. 31Jul2006.
Dry River Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Capsicum on nose, quite astringent lemon and grainy green apples in palate, becoming quite rich with an oily texture. The finish redeems this wine - it's very long lasting with a toasty citrus flavour. 12% alc. $25. 27May2006.
Drylands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Gooseberry aromas lead into a pungent, full-flavoured, grainy textured palate packed with vibrant, zingy gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit and a pungent, slightly sweaty, grassy finish. Quite a classical style. 13% alc. $18.95. 3Dec2005.
Fallen Angel Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 A ripe, fruity wine with obvious residual sugar, stonefruit, gooseberry and citrus fruit and a mellow grassy pungency to the finish. $26. 8Sep2005.
Five Flax East Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Gooseberries and bitter lemon on the nose and a fairly full-bodied palate with gooseberry, citrus, green bean and herbs with a touch of sweetness with a bubble gum (estery) nuance coming through on the green, grassy finish. The aftertaste is soft and juicy but not overly pungent. 12.5% alc. $11.95. 3Dec2005.
Forrest Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Tightly structured and dry with tobacco and sweet capsicum leading into a tropical fruit finish. Powerful and long. A great wine to match to sweet and sour. 13.5% alc. 31Aug2005.
Framingham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Quite pungently perfumed with a peasy nuance to the aroma, it's a fascinating wine in the palate with an oily texture, limey citrus, Turkish delight, fennel and liquorice. Pungent and long with a well balanced finish. I could drink lots of this. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 27May2006.
Gladstone Wairarapa Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light gold. Sweet fruit, hints of oak, grassy and slightly metallic. The palate, however, is crammed with exotic fruits like feijoa, tropical guava, babaco and pineapple with a zesty prickly from the acidity. But age is creeping up on it and there are some peasy characters developing too. 13.5% alc. $19.95. 24Mar2007.
Goldwater New Dog Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Rich and ripe with juicy tropical fruit, a hint of lychee, a toasty richness and a grassy herbaceous influence, it's very upfront, mouthfilling and juicy all round. 13.5% alc. 4g/l rs.
Goose Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (D) Pale in colour, gooseberry on the nose with a sweetish, floral nuance, grainy and slightly steely in the palate with an underpinning of herbs, lots of citrus, gooseberry pie, a touch of butter and the florals coming through again with lemon drops to linger on the finish. New Zealand's first Kosher wine and pleasant drinking. 12.5% alc. $20. 27May2006.
Grove Mill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Quite a sweaty style with tropical fruit on the nose, upfront acidity leading to a sweeter mid palate and a tropical fruit finish. Pungent and long with a grainy texture. 13.5% alc. $17.95. 27May2006.
Gunn Estate Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Grassy aromas and tobacco / herb / grassy-influenced flavours characterise this crisp, fresh wine with melon and tropical fruit coming through on the juicy finish. 80% Hawkes Bay fruit and 20% Marlborough. 12.5% alc. 5g/lrs. $14.95. 8Sep2005.
Gunn Estate 'Skippers Pool' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Grassy, slightly sweaty aromas and herbaceous flavours with a spicy backbone and ripe, zesty, citrus, gooseberry and tropical fruit with a grassy finish. Ripe, rich and pungent - it builds to linger powerfully. 13% alc. 4g/l rs. $24.95. 8Sep2005.
Highfield Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pale straw. Intensely fruity aromas with an underpinning of lime-like citrus and summer herbs, and exuberantly fruity flavours reminiscent of tropical fruit, kiwi and mango with an herbaceous, grassy backbone and a long, pungent finish. Fresh and punchy with gorgeous acidity and a tickling, vibrant aftertaste. 12.5% alc. $24. 30Mar2006.
Jackson Estate Marlborough Grey Ghost Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Hints of vanilla on the nose lead into a dry, fresh bracing mouthful of gooseberry and ripe citrus, with a slightly grainy texture, green apples, gooseberry, guava and summer herbs. Oak adds complexity and a mouthfilling creaminess to the palate but still lets the varietal character shine. It's crisp, fresh, beautifully balanced and very drinkable. 14% alc. 3Dec2005.
Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Rich, ripe, vivacious with gooseberry, herbs, tomato and tropical fruit, a creamy mid palate and a slight toastiness to the smooth, long, dry, pungent finish. 13% alc. $19.95. 8Sep2005.
Johanneshof Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (D) Straw gold, vibrant, crisp and fresh, long and tasty with lime and passionfruit flooding the palate. The fruit is sweet but a tartness to the backbone keeps it in check. Juicy citrus flavours, reminiscent of tangelos, linger and there's a leesy influence too. 13% alc. $23. 17Oct2006.
Jules Taylor Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp, vibrant, punchy and fresh with melon and herb aromas, a slippery, oily texture, delicious ripe gooseberry and tropical fruit, a strong herbaceous backbone and a touch of citrus on the warm, powerful finish. 13% alc. $18.95. 9Nov2005.
Kemblefield Winemakers Signature Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Green apple aromas and tart green apple flavours. An oily, slightly grainy textured wine with grass and herbs and hinting of tropical fruit on the lingering lemon and apple finish. Later there's a touch of pineapple on the aftertaste. 13% alc. $17. 3Dec2005.
Kim Crawford Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Tobacco, grass and herbs on the nose - the classic scents of Marlborough sauvingon blanc - lead into an exuberantly fruity palate with pineapple-tinged tropical fruit and a flintiness to the dry, rich, invigorating finish. 13% alc. 31Aug2005.
Kim Crawford SP 'Spitfire' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2005 (sc) Grassy herbaceous aromas and rich fruit flavours, this is full of herbs and ripe tropical fruit (pineapple, passionfruit) yet beautifully balanced to the crisp, fresh acidity that the wine delivers. Wonderfully silky texture with a vinous richness and a long, pungent, fruit-filled finish. Grapes grown on old WW2 airforce base - hence the name 13.5% alc. $29.95. 9Nov2005.
Lake Chalice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pungent, racy, leap-out-of-the-glass aromas and vibrantly fresh flavours of juicy gooseberries with limes, melon and passionfruit lingering on the ripe fruited finish. An impressive new vintage savvie that immediately captures your attention. 13% alc. $15.95. 10Aug2005.
Lake Chalice The Raptor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Fresh cut grass aromas and a rich weighty palate crammed with stonefruit, melon and tropical fruit, and a toast finish. A hint of oak adds complexity. 13% alc. $27.95. 8Sep2005.
Lawson's Dry Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Herbs, capsicums and lemon on the nose and gooseberry, capsicum and greengage plums in the palate. Itís dry with a slightly grainy texture and a long finish with a juicy aftertaste and hints of melon and lots of gooseberry as it lingers. 13% alc. $20.95. 3Dec2005.
Longridge Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Slightly sweaty on the nose with summer herbs, grapefruit skin, gooseberry and red apples and crisp, fresh flavours with good palate weight and a long pungent finish with good acidity that adds vibrancy. Rich and tasty with a slightly peasy character emerging as it lingers. 13% alc. $14.95. 3Dec2005.
Matua Innovator Ponder Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A sweeter style with a rich texture, gooseberries, capsicums and tropical fruit and a long, pungent sweet-fruited finish. Vibrant and fresh. 13.5% alc. $24.95. 9Nov2005.
Matua Valley Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Gooseberry and melon aromas with a nuance of tobacco and fresh, racy, lime-citrus flavours with pineapple-like acidity, a grainy texture and a smoky character - like the smokiness of freshly cut grass - lingering on the finish. 11.5% alc. $14.95. 16Jun2005.
Matua Valley Matheson Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Straw gold. Citrus and tropical fruit aromas with dried bananas and a hint of smoky sulphide. The banana character carries through to the palate, like boiled banana lollies. It's quite prickly in texture with melons and tropical fruits, and underlying mealy character and a sweet aftertaste. 12% alc. $18.95. 24Mar2007.
Matua Valley Paretai Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Quite herbaceous smelling- crisp and fresh - with an oily almost honeyed texture and racy, vivacious flavours with vibrant fruit and lots of Marlborough greens and a pungent, spicy, zesty aftertaste with cherimoya joining tropical fruit on the aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $27.95. 9Nov2005.
Matua Valley Settlers Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Herbal smelling with capsicum, bean, citrus, gooseberry and capsicum on a smooth, slightly oily textured palate with a touch of tobacco and grass lingering with citrus on the finish with just a touch of sweetness to counteract the tarter fruit. Crisp and fresh with a vibrancy to the finish. 12.5% alc. $12.95. 3Dec2005.
Matua Valley Shingle Peak Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (sc) Young, fresh and youthful, throwing stones out of the glass, forcing my attention from the other side of the room. Crisp, fresh, green gooseberry, apple and passionfruit aromas and exuberantly juicy fruit flavours with lively acidity, a smooth oily texture, an abundance of fresh summer herbs and passionfruit emerging on the pungent finish. 13.5% alc. $15.95. 16Jun2005.
Mills Reef Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pungent citrus and herb aromas, lead into a palate with gooseberry and pungent, grapefruit-like citrus on a creamy texture with a soft, baked apple finish. 12.5% alc. $15.95. 3Dec2005.
Mills Reef Reserve Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) There's a touch of vanilla on the tropical fruited nose and lots of citrus and pineapple in the palate. Reasonably full-bodied and quite a different style to the masses that come out of Marlborough. 13% alc. $18.95. 3Dec2005.
Monkey Bay Marlborough Sauvingon Blanc 2005 (sc) Grass and nettle aromas and oily textured flavours with a touch of capsicum amongst the racy fruit with a touch of sweetness on the off-dry finish. 12.5% alc. $14.95. 10Oct2005.
Montana Brancott 'B' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Straw gold, bright and lustrous. Fresh, grassy, herbaceous aromas with a touch of sweat and delicious flavours of melon and tropical fruit underpinned by grapefruit-like citrus with a gooseberry richness, expressive summer herbs and a tropical fruit sweetness to the crisp, long-lasting, lightly toasty finish. 14% alc. $28.95. 27May2006.
Morton Estate White Label Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Quite bright and vivacious with lemon grass aromas and juicy, bright fruit with tasty herbs adding a classical nuance to the excellent finish. 12.5% alc. $15. 31Jul2006.
Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light lemon gold. Simple fruit salad on the nose, light and fruity to the taste, a touch of citrus, a hint of melon, a suggestion of musk and a little bit of spice. Not overlying varietal or pungent at first, just light-bodied and fruity, Then the kickback happens and the flavours garner a richness and start to flesh out even more and show their varietal pungency and power . Drinking well two years after vintage. A crowd-pleasing wine that could be served chilled, without destroying the flavours at all. 13% alc. $15. 8Sep2007.
Montana Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Green and grassy with hints of lime and capsicum on the nose and rich melon fruit in the palate underpinned by an oily herbaceousness with firm, tangy, citrus acidity and a rounded full-boded finish. Showing a little development already. 14% alc. $20. 27May2006.
Mount Riley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Full of grassy herbaceous characters, this is a pungent almost sweaty style, very appealing already with lots of Marlborough greens and a grassy, melon-infused, finish. $14.95. 22Aug2005.
Mudhouse Winery White Swan Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp and vivacious smelling with lots of gooseberry and grass and a lovely smooth silky (slightly grainy) palate with gorgeous ripe tropical fruit balanced to the vibrant grassy herb flavours. Very, very good. 13.5% alc. $24.95. 9Nov2005.
Neudorf Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp and grassy smelling with hints of tobacco on the nose and feijoa and tropical fruit in the palate with underlying gooseberries. A lovely crisp, dry style with a tinge of juicy lime as it lingers and that tobacco coming forth again on the aftertaste. A blend of Brightwater and Motueka fruit. 13.5% alc. $22. 19Sep2005.
Nobilo Icon Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (c) Gooseberry and banana passionfruit on the nose lead into a vibrant, fresh, crisp palate with lemon, gooseberry, herbs and a lifted, herbaceous, slightly sweaty tropical fruit finish. Quite bracing with a long pungent aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $22.95. 3Dec2005.
Nobilo Regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A slightly sherbetty, vegetal nose with a touch of green bean and a tart, astringent palate with an oily, lemony aftertaste and a lingering grassy finish with tropical fruit kicking in about 15 seconds after the wine is swallowed. Good length. 12.5% alc. $15.95. 3Dec2005.
Northrow Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A soft, rich wine with a grassy pungency and lots of capsicums, green bean and herbs with a slightly sweeter, honeyed finish and gooseberry and tropical fruit lingering on the aftertaste. 14.5% alc. $19.95. 6Sep2005.
Obsidian Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Rich, intense savvy full of grassy capsicum and a ripe stone and tropical fruits, with a pungently citrus finish. Good palate weight. 13% alc. 22Aug2005.
Palliser Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A lighter textured wine with a delicate aroma for sauv blanc but quite vibrant zesty flavours with lots of limey citrus, gooseberry and herbs, and a juicy, green melon finish with a cut grass smokiness. Nicely balanced with lots of lingering flavours. Finishes well. 13% alc. $22. 3Dec2005.
Pegasus Bay Waipara Valley Sauvignon Semillon 2005 (sc) Bright light gold, slightly oi1y, funky, nutty and herbal smelling, an unusual aroma that makes you think "what is this?", but it's clearer once you taste it. Full-bodied and a little honeyed with a fat leesy backbone, ripe stonefruit and a toasty finish, this is a Sauvignon/Semillon blend in the style of a white Graves. 14% alc. $25.95. 26Jul2006.
Ponder Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Soft, oily - almost creamy with crisp acidity, gooseberry and capsicum fruit and a light-textured, well-balanced, pungent finish with just a touch of pineapple on the minute-later after-kick. 13% alc. $19.95. 9Nov2005.
Ra Nui Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Smoky aromas with gooseberry and apple fruit on a peasy backbone, it's chock full of gooseberry and lime with a long, pungent citrussy finish and the wine becomes quite vibrant as it lingers - for ages - with a touch of pineapple and lots of summer herbs. 13.8% alc. $17.95. 3Dec2005.
Richardson Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Soft, green fruit aromas with a hint of feijoa, a wafting of mellow oak and a nuance of a funky wild yeasts that makes add an extra dimension of fragrance to the alluringly complex aroma. With its soft, oily palate and ripe, balanced fruit with hints of grapefruit on the finish, this is drinking deliciously right now and honestly, I could enjoy this with or without food. 20% wild yeast ferment in older oak. 13% alc. $25. 15Aug2006.
Riverby Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Grass and gooseberry aromas and slightly sweaty fruit flavours with citrus, herbs, capsicums, lots of gooseberry and a touch of lime zest on the lingering, juicy, fresh, crisp finish. 13% alc. $19. 3Dec2005.
Robard and Butler Chile Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A riper style with baked apple on the fairly neutral on the nose with a soft palate, a touch of stonefruit, apples, and grass and herbs emerging to linger on the aftertaste. It finishes a little like an herbal Pinot Gris. 12.5% alc. $10.95. 16 3Dec2005.
Rose Tree Cottage Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Fresh and fruity with gooseberry and tropical fruit aromas and bright citrussy flavours with a rich, rounded, almost toasty, oily texture, a grassy herbaceous backbone and a lingering fruity finish with banana passionfruit to the fore. 13% alc. $24.95. 29Nov2005.
Sacred Hill Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Sweaty! And spicy! Hot chilli peppers, gooseberry, grass, herbs and tropical fruit - a little bit of everything in this powerful mouthful with a long, dry lime-infused finish and a touch of tobacco joining the throng as it lingers. $19.95. 8Sep2005.
Sacred Hill 'Sauvage' Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc)Smoky barrel-ferment aroma, but not as funky as previous vintages of the wines have been. Full-bodied and smooth textured with a lovely flavour combo of grassy sauvignon and ripe melon with stonefruit and a hint of loquat, it's very ripe, rounded and balanced with a touch of orange/mandarin as it lingers and just a hint of smoke. A very smart, textural, alternative style of Sauvignon Blanc. 13% alc. $29.95. 16Jun2006.
Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A made-to-last marriage of ripe fruit and herbaceousness with a silky, slightly grainy texture and exuberant grassy flavours with a little bit of sweat and a juicy succulent finish laden with gooseberry and passionfruit with a squeeze of lime as it lingers. 13% alc. 5g/l rs. $19.95. 13Sep2005.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 1 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Straw gold with herbaceous aromas and toasty flavours - a full-bodied style, very ripe and luscious with a rich, toasty, pungent finish. There's a touch of grass and gooseberry on the backbone but ripe fruit wins out on the day. 13.5% alc. $24.95. 9Nov2005.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 2 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A pungent smelling wine with a grapefruit, gooseberry and herbs on the nose joined by capsicums in the palate. Very smooth and slippery with lovely acidity coming through on the fruity finish and a touch of liquorice as the pungency of the aftertaste intensifies. Rich, powerful, beautifully texture - fantastic on its own or with food. 14% alc. 4.4g/l rs. $24.95. 13Sep2005.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 3 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Cut grass aromas and a soft, slightly grainy texture with a delicious influx of tropical fruit over grass with melons and passionfruit on the finish. All the classics are there and with a vibrant layer of basil-like herbs and capsicum, this is a summer salad, wine. 13% alc. 5.2g/l rs. $24.95. 13Sep2005.
Saint Clair Pioneer Block 4 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Unusual for Saint Clair, this wine is a little flat on the nose and seems quite developed in the palate with dried hay rather than fresh cut grass and a mellow, barley sugar finish. 13% alc. $24.95. 27May2006.
Saint Clair Vicar's Choice Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) It is exuberant in its aromas with a toastiness to the herbaceous flavour with capsicums, gooseberries and a rich fruity finish with a pungent, capsicum-influenced aftertaste. 12.5% alc. 4.2g/l rs. $15.95. 13Sep2005.
Saint Clair Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - Marlborough (sc) Toasty and pungent, this is a wine with an incredibly gorgeous, silky texture but so subtle in its power that when you take a sip you think 'what's all the fuss about?' Then the flavours explode in the mouth with a myriad of grapefruit, limes, tart gooseberry and ripe stonefruit on a grassy, herbaceous backbone, building to a tasty, pungent finish with passionfruit taking over as it lingers. 13% alc. 4g/l rs. $29.95. 13Sep2005.
Selaks Premium Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A touch of sulphur when first poured gives a smoky nuance to the herbal aroma and a matchstick nuance to the taste. One that passes, itís a pungent, full-flavoured, dry wine with predominantly citrus and herbs and a long, fruity finish packed with gooseberry and citrus. 12.5% alc. $15.95. 3Dec2005.
Seresin 'Marama' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Wild yeast and barrel fermented in French oak, (10% new), which imparts funky, mealy, wild yeast, barrel fermented, sauvignon scents. Itís sweet and rich in the palate with stonefruit taming the underlying gooseberry with just a hint of herbs. Mouthfilling and rich, long and savoury, you'll find it fantastic if you like this style. I do. 14.5% alc. $32. 18Sep2006.
Seresin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Made with 3% Semillon, the 10% barrel-ferment component gives a lovely creaminess to the texture. Full of upfront grass and capsicum flavours with mouthfilling gooseberries, melons and tropical fruit on the finish and an exuberantly crisp aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $23. 19Sep2005.
Sileni The Sounds Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Exuberant aroma, juicy and fresh with just a hint of pineapple over grass. Bright, with a grassy influence to the fruity palate and a fresh yeasty aftertaste. 22Aug2005.
Soljans Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light gold. Lemony aroma and a soft, lightly toasty flavour with a tropical fruit juiciness and a flourish of citrus to the lightly herbaceous, spritzy finish. While it's lost some of its youthful exuberance and is starting to mellow, it's still has a freshness about it. 13% alc. $18.95. 8Sep2007.
Stone Paddock Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Lime sherbert abounds in this wine which makes it so zesty and fresh and hard to believe it is over a year old. Bright and tasty with an infusion of summer herbs with melon and pineapple on the smooth, slippery finish. Excellent. Pork with pineapple goes down a treat. 14% alc. $18. 12Sep2006.
Stonecroft Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Fruit salad, herbs and juicy citrus make this a very refreshing, dry style. 19Sep2005.
Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Lemon grass on the nose and lots of grassy flavours in the palate with toasted lemon and a long, full-flavoured, quite pungent finish with a touch of banana passionfruit as it lingers. Bright and fresh with lots of summer appeal. 13.5% alc. $18.95. 3Dec2005.
Te Awa Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Strong, mealy, gooseberry aromas with a hint of passionfruit - quite intriguing. Grassy with a spicy oak influence to the rich mealy flavours with gooseberry, yellow guava and stonefruit on the long, almost pungent finish with wild yeasts influencing the smoky aftertaste. Tasted from a pre-bottling tank sample. 12% alc. $21.95. 20Oct2005.
Te Mata Cape Crest Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (D) Bright, clear, light gold. Wild yeast dominated aromas give a richly aromatic, bready character and slightly fusel notes are dominant in the palate at first. Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel and a dry spicy flavour crammed with tropical fruit and stonefruit - the wild yeast character dominant throughout and a touch of yellow guava too. A very interesting wine with a grainy texture and a richly fruited finish reminiscent of orange peel, dried mango and melon with that wild yeast influence ever present. Sauvignon with a difference blended from 86% Sauvignon Blanc, 8% Sauvignon Gris and 6% Semillon, fermented in mainly seasoned French oak and aged on yeast lees for 8 months. 13.5% alc. $25. 15Feb2006.
Te Mata Woodthorpe Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Fresh, crisp, grassy and zingy with a good seam of limey acidity underlying the grainy, chalky, fine textured backbone. A bone dry, mouth-watering wine. Very good. 19Sep2005.
Te Whare Ra Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A silky-textured dry wine with such a delicate texture it is almost ethereal. Powerful in its flavour with kiwifruit, cherimoya, yellow lychees and tropical fruit on the finish with a long, citrussy aftertaste with grapefruit and limes balancing the sweetness of the tropical fruit beautifully. Long and tasty. $20. 31Aug2005.
THE Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp, punchy and vivacious with bright summer herb aromas and crisp green apple, lemon grass, lime, gooseberry and pineapple flavours, a touch of sweat and an incredibly powerful finish. 13.5% alc. $16.95. 21Dec2005.
Thornbury Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light straw, looks very youthful. Rich, sweet-fruited, zesty citrus flavours impart a spritzy tingle to the tongue. The palate is full bodied and ripe abut the fruit is crisp and makes the wine taste fresh. Sauvignon's hallmark gooseberry fruit and cut grass linger on the salivating finish. Rich and powerful and very tasty. 14% alc. $18.99. 17Oct2006.
Timara Winemakers Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Soft and rounded with soft acidity, lovely mouthfeel and balance. Ripe with hints of stonefruit, melons and citrus and a long, slightly pungent finish with the merest suggestion of gooseberry and herbs, and a honeyed aftertaste. 12.5% alc. $10.95. 3Dec2005.
Tohu Wines 'Mugwi' Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A seemingly sweeter style, ripe and creamy with a lovely balance of crisp, fresh herbaceous flavours and tropical fruit coming through on the grassy finish. Quite tasty on the aftertaste. 13.5% alc. $27.95. 9Nov2005.
Triplebank Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A juicy smelling wine with gooseberry, vine tomato and herb aromas and crisp, bracing flavours of sweaty fruit, limes, grapefruit skins and a toasty finish with citrus and herbs taking over. Great to match to salads. 13.5% alc $19.95. 3Dec2005.
Tuatara Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Light straw coloured. Fruity smelling with a hint of Marlborough greens coming through. A touch of honey adds sweetness. A grainy textured style, with a ripe fruity finish. 12.5% alc. 9Nov2005.
Vavasour Redwood Pass Sauvignon Blanc 2005 - Awatere Valley, Marlborough (sc) Grassy herbaceous aromas and crisp gooseberry and herb flavours with lots of fresh acidity softening on the grainy textured finish with apple and tropical fruit on the long, pungent aftertaste. 13% alc. $14.95. 5Oct2005.
Vavasour Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Aromas of hay, herbs and capsicums lead into a juicy sweet fruited palate with gooseberry and tropical fruit, well balanced acidity, a crisp grainy texture and a long pungent finish with lots of crisp grassy notes. Bright, tasty and mouthfilling. 13.5% alc. $20. 27May2006.
Vidal Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Rich and pungent with inviting aromas of tropical fruit and a herbal, grassy palate with a crisp gooseberry backbone and a long, pungent finish with tropical fruit lingering on the aftertaste. 14% alc. $17.95. 6Sep2005.
Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) inviting passionfruit and gooseberry aromas and oily textured mouthfilling flavours with a juicy fruit sweetness over a richly herbaceous backbone and a lime citrus tartness to the pungent finish. A vibrant expression of sauvignon blanc. 14% alc. $21.95. 30Oct2005.
Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Quite herbaceous tasting at first, herbs and grass over gooseberry with a fleshy fruity palate, red capsicum, tropical fruit and a pungent, grassy, citrussy finish. Fresh, pungent and racy. 13.5% alc. 12Aug2005.
Villa Maria Reserve Clifford Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Juicy and fruity with a steely, earthy pungency and a beautifully balanced palate crammed with ripe stonefruit and passionfruit, and a vibrantly pungent finish. Tank sample. 14% alc. $24.95. 6Sep2005.
Villa Maria Reserve Wairau Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Tobacco, herbs, grass, gooseberry and tropical fruit - a wine that goes through the whole spectrum of sauvignon blanc flavours with a ripe, citrus finish and a zesty, pungent, herbaceous aftertaste. Tank sample. 14% alc. $24.95. 6Sep2005.
Villa Maria Riverstone Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) A slightly sweaty, peasy aroma leads into a soft, ripe, palate with good mouthfeel and crisp fresh flavours of tropical fruit, citrus, herbs and tobacco. A flavoursome sauvignon blanc that is terrific value for the price. 13% alc. $10.95. 6Sep2005.
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Graham Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Sweaty, herbaceous aromas and ripe, rich flavours. Quite oily textured with upfront tropical fruit and a vibrant gooseberry and herb finish. A classic style with a long, long finish. Tank sample. $24.95. 6Sep2005.
Villa Maria Single Vineyard Taylors Pass Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Lots of punchy acidity which gives a slightly sherbetty effect on the tongue and vivacious fruit with limes, apples and melon, a long, ripe, grassy, tropical fruit finish and a zesty aftertaste. Tank sample. 14.5% alc. $24.95. 6Sep2005.
Waipara Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Crisp, fresh and vibrant with sweaty, grassy aromas leading into a rich, toasty palate with grass, gooseberry, passionfruit, citrus and riper stonefruit on a slightly oily texture and a full, rich, pungent finish. 13% alc. $17.95. 12Oct2005.
Waipara Springs Waipara Valley 'Premo' Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Refermenting in the bottle which gives a very spirtzy appearance to the wine, and when shaken, there's some froth too,. Savoury, waxy smelling, stewed fruit, not very pungent with flavours of furniture polish over tropical fruit with a grassy finish. Faulty bottle?? A portion was fermented in barrel. 13% alc. $23.00. 24Mar2007.
Wairau River Wines Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) With ripe fruit tinged with grapefruit and lime, this is a classic combo of sweet and sour. Tart gooseberry marries to juicy passionfruit, bound together with a ring of Marlborough herbs and a delicious, juicy, fruity finish. Perfect to match to Chinese sweet and sour cuisine. 13% alc. $19.95. 31Aug2005.
West Brook Blue Ridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Served chilled it's a little restrained on the nose but it tastes rich and mellow with gooseberry, peach and melon flavours over a zesty, citrus backbone with distinctive peasy notes on the long, tasty finish. With 5% barrel-ferment, it's full-bodied in style and well-balanced. 13% alc. $21.95. 1Jan2007.
Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Pale straw incolour with grassy, herbaceous aromas and silky textured flavours it just flows across the palate with a delicious infusion of tart gooseberry, citrus and tropical fruit with passionfruit lingering on the long, pungent finish. Ripe and delicious. 13% alc. 31Aug2005.
Whitehaven Whites Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Vibrant grapefruit and lime acidity awakens the mouth. It's smooth, vibrant and fresh with an oily /creamy texture, citrus influencing the tropical fruit finish and grassy herbs balancing it out. 13% alc. $16.95. 9Nov2005.
Wild South Sauvignon Blanc 2005 (sc) Creamy smelling aromas, smoky fresh cut grass and a grassy influence, herbaceous and sweeter tropical fruit palate with just a hint of pineapple and tobacco on the finish. Bottled one week when tasted. 8Sep2005.