Tons of passion fruit, melon, celery, nettles and grass create that telltale N.Z. bouquet. In the mouth, fresh acidity pushes ripe citrus, mango and melon flavors. Quite healthy, with a solid, satisfying mouthfeel. Razor clean and crisp. Imported by Paterno Imports, Ltd.
Textbook Marlborough SB, from a large winery that helped establish the style. Passion fruit and kiwi aromas are marked by grassy notes, then rounded out on the midpalate by peach flavors. Crisp and refreshing, with a hint of chalky minerality on the finish. Imported by Paterno Wines International.
A Marlborough standard for many years, Wither Hills’ 2008 SB reveals mainstream aromatics of fresh-cut herbs and mown grass wrapped around riper hints of melon and nectarine. Finishes grassy, fresh and long. Good value.
Despite starting off with some stalky-woody aromas and a healthy dash of hickory smoke, this wine turns fruity and approachable on the palate. Strawberry and cherry notes are accented by twig and herb touches, while the texture is supple and the finish is long. Drink now–2017.
A slightly riper style of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, with hints of ripe stone fruits accenting passion fruit and grapefruit aromas. Light-bodied, smoky and minerally on the palate, the wine picks up a tinge of anise on the finish.
Just after bottling, but this seems to have recovered from that shock nicely, with lush cherry-berry fruit that picks up some darker earth and cola notes that extend through the finish. Imported by Paterno Wines International.
Right now this wine is a little rough, but give it another couple months and it should knit together nicely, as all the ingredients are present: hints of toast and vanilla, ripe peaches and pinches of cinnamon and clove.
Plagued by controversy back home because of different bottlings, the one imported to the U.S. is a plump, fruit-filled wine. Lime and passion fruit aromas and tropical flavors show no signs of Sauvignon’s sometime vegetal side, finishing short and arguably a little sweet.