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Seresin Sauvignon Blanc Marama 2013 750ml

Rated 94 - A limited release wine made from the Noa Vineyard's oldest vines, barrel fermented in French oak (20% new) barriques and matured in oak...
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Spy Valley Envoy Sauvignon Blanc Johnson Vineyard 2013 750ml

Rated 92+ - The 2013 Envoy Johnson Vineyard Dry Sauvignon Blanc is 100% barrel fermented (in 55% new oak) and offers a pretty white peach, lemon...
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Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc Latittude 750ml

Rated 92 - Powerful, intense nose shows a healthy dose of struck-match/sulphide nuance behind the wave of bright lemon and tropical fruits. Great...
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Te Mata Estates Sauvignon Blanc Cape Crest 2013 750ml

Rated 92+ - Blended of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Semillon coming from 35-40 year old vines on a hillside vineyard, the 2013 Sauvignon...

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

As with nearby Australia, New Zealand has over the past century proven itself to be a superb location for producing high quality wines in vast amounts, with much of the cooler regions of both islands being used primarily for vine cultivation. New Zealand wineries are notable for their enthusiasm in regards to experimentation, and for utilizing modern technologies and methods to make the most of the imported grape varietals which flourish in the rich, fertile soils and oceanic climate. In recent years, it has been the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc wines which have gained the most attention, as a result of their smoky character and ability to carry the mineral rich nature of the terroir they grow in. Changing consumer interests have brought about a considerable rise in the production of organic and sustainable wines in New Zealand, of which again, the Sauvignon Blanc varietals are leading the way in regards to excellence, flavor and overall character.
The green skinned grapes of the Sauvignon Blanc varietal had their origins in Southern France, where they are still widely grown and used for many of the excellent young and aged white wines the region is famous for. Today, however, they are grown in almost every wine producing country in the world, and are widely revered for their fresh and grassy flavors, full of tropical notes and refreshing, zesty character. Sauvignon Blanc grapes thrive best in moderate climates, and ripen relatively early in the year. This has made them a favorite for many wineries in the New World, where they can still produce healthy and high yields in the earlier part of the summer before the temperatures become too hot. Too much heat has a massively adverse effect on Sauvignon Blanc, as the grapes become dull in their flavor, and the wine produced from them loses all its unique character and high points. As such, Sauvignon Blanc farmers have had a lot of trouble from global warming and climate change, as they are being forced to harvest their crops increasingly earlier in the year when it is cool enough to do so.