TASTING NOTE

Colour / Appearance: Pale yellow-green, with star bright clarity.

Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, and peach fruit flavours, with complexing hints of jalapeno, nettle, boxwood and blackcurrant leaf.

Palate: A full flavoured, medium bodied wine, with an abundance of regionally typical blackcurrant and gooseberry flavours that linger on the dry, clean finish.

Cellaring: We recommend drinking our 2018 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young and fresh, however the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next 3-5 years if carefully cellared.

Food Match: This wine is a perfect accompaniment to summer salads, poultry and shellfish, such as Marlborough’s famous green-lipped mussels. Also try it with lobster and white fish.

Serve: Lightly chilled.

 

 

WINE ANALYSIS
Alcohol: 13.0
Residual Sugar: 2.8
Titratable Acidity: 7.4
pH: 3.38

VITICULTURE

Harvest Date: 19th March – 7th April, 2018

Grape Growing: Vines are trained to three or four canes on a vertical trellis. Balanced pruning, shoot thinning, tucking and trimming are used to achieve an open, healthy canopy and clean fruit.

Climate: Budburst was slightly earlier than normal and the weather slightly warmer than average. The early part of the season was notable for no frost events. In November, the weather became dry and the timing of the season returned to the long term average with some cooler days. Hot, dry weather in early December, resulted in a very good fruit set, and a rapid advancement in vine growth. The remainder of December and January were very hot. February was wetter with two ex-tropical cyclones adding some disease pressure. However, in March and April, the region was exposed to perfect late season ripening conditions of warm, sunny days and cool nights, resulting in intense fruit flavours.

Winemaking: The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at very low temperatures with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent varietal flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel.

Winemaker: Sam Smail and Diana Katardzhieva

 

Gold China Wine and Spirits 2018
5 stars 93/100pts Sam kim Wine Orbit

" Classically expressed and fabulously aromatic, the bouquet shows feijoa, kiwifruit, nectarine and lime peel characters, leading to a powerful palate that is concentrated and intensely flavoured. The wine offers terrific fruit purity and vibrancy, finishing long and delectable"

Lifted passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, and peach fruit flavours, with complexing hints of jalapeno, nettle, boxwood and blackcurrant leaf.A full flavoured, medium bodied wine, with an abundance of regionally typical blackcurrant and gooseberry flavours that linger on the dry, clean finish.

 

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Country:

New Zealand

Region:

Marlborough

Variety:

Sauvignon Blanc

Style:

Crisp, dry, whites.

Winemaker:

Sam Smail

Closure:

Screwcap

ABV:

13%

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Food Match:

Salad, Seafood, Chicken

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Reviews

16 out of 16 customers rated Whitehaven (Marlborough) 2018 Sauvignon Blanc as good value for money.


By: on 19 June 2015
Yes, I definitely lik this wine!
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 14 March 2014
This is a lovely clean tasting Sav with loads of tropical fruit - especially gooseberry and passionfruit flavours. It smells divine. Our latest bottle we had with a tomato and pesto pasta dish.  Normally I'd tend towards a Chardonnay for that sort of dish but this is such a robust Sauvignon that it made a pretty good match.  Alternatively, a tasty or spicy salad would be a great match.  (Inexplicably I also had a bottle of the 2010 vintage of this wine, and despite drinking it in 2014 it was still fantastic).  From an aesthetics point of view, the bottle and label design looks great with white linen and silver cutlery.  A classy wee Sav.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 6 February 2014
I'm not the SB fan in this family however Mrs Action Hero reported this one very enjoyable with a clean crisp SB nose and after taste,  she allowed me a wee sip so I could honestly write this review, so who am I to contradict my darling wife, after all she enjoyed the whole bottle and asked if there was any more, so what better recommendation does one need to buy another case and earn the browny points???
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 16 January 2014
Firstly. I am not a fan of Sauvignon Blanc so I shared this with some friends who are and they liked it. The nose is quite grassy (more silage than freshly mown) but not unpleasant. The palate is packed with gooseberry and a little stone fruit. The finish is a bit short and it lacks that acidity which is what I usually dislike in a Sauvignon Blanc so for me that was a positive but I'm not sure SB fans would feel the same. I would rate it 3/5 but the others said 4.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 9 January 2014
Young,but definitely a Sauvignon blanc, with that characteristic grassy flavour. A drank it on its own, not chilled. I think a few months older, slightly chilled and with the right food, the experience would have been more enjoyable. Not sure if its worth the extra dollars, maybe the Waipipi would be better. (Or buy both and compare!)
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 19 December 2013
More melon and gooseberry, and less acid bite, thsn I'd expect from a top Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. So for me the 2012 rates only mid-range, although I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth! I'd be interested to compare it with the Whirehaven Marlborough'Greg' version from the same vintage, which I would guess was allocated the best of the available fruit.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(3)

By: on 9 December 2013
Great product, never disappoints and another top wine from this winemaker.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By: on 26 November 2013
Exceptional value for money
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
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When in the USA or Canada we look for NZ wines as their local wines do not seem to have the bight in flavour that ours have.   They have not mastered the art of flavouring their wine to be tasted at the back of the tongue as well as the front and the nose of their wines is less compelling.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(4)

By:
A really nice Sav Blanc
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
(5)

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I am not a great Sauvignon Blanc drinker but found this to be quite refreshing and was lacking in acidity which was great. Like most good Sauvignon Blanc's its got that grassy flavour and the palate is packed with nice fruity flavours we had it chilled and on its own and I enjoyed. This wine is well priced.
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
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Enjoyed the fruity punch flavours
Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes
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By: on 27 March 2014
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