A strong effort from Vavasour's second label, the 2008 Dashwood SB features vibrant aromas of crushed tomato leaf and hints of jalapeño and flavors of green tomato and gooseberry. It's medium in body and slightly creamy in texture, with a crisp, fruit-driven finish.
Dashwood’s 2010 Pinot Noir offers complex aromas and flavors of roses, ripe cherries, cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s rather full bodied and a bit dusty on the finish without being excessively drying. Drink it over the next few years.
This crisp, zingy Sauvignon Blanc displays classic aromas and flavors of green apple, lime peel and gooseberry. It’s a food-friendly wine whose tart acidity will support a wide range of poultry, cheeses and grilled veggies. The pretty finish is long and spicy.
Round, easily approachable Sauvignon Blanc, with pink grapefruit aromas and flavors that verge on red berries. A hint of grassiness keeps it true to type, with citrus flavors that define the finish. Drink now.
An oversupply of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has led to bargains like this wine, which delivers nectarine and white grapefruit flavors in a medium-bodied format. It's plump on the palate, then turns zippy and citrusy on the finish.
A good value in Pinot Noir, this effort features notes of beet greens and underbrush but also plenty of bright raspberry fruit on the nose. Flavors are complex and well-integrated, and there’s a reasonably full and soft mouthfeel. Hints of sassafras and vanilla underline the finish. Drink now.
This is a pretty, delicately perfumed Pinot Noir, with elegantly intertwined cherry and herb notes. It’s light to medium in body, with a finish that shows just a touch of sinewy intensity. Drink it over the next year or so.
Pineapple and grapefruit flavors are accented by hints of tomato leaf, meaning this conforms to the basic Marlborough profile that blends fruit with grassy, herbal notes. Pretty good, it just fades a bit quickly on the finish.