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Mahi Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

NZ$23

Benchmark stuff, this aromatic, weighty wine has penetrating, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours to the fore, a hint of barrel-ferment complexity, and a crisp, dry, lasting finish. From winemaker Brian Bicknell, formerly chief winemaker at Seresin Estate, it was grown at seven sites, mostly at the western end of the Wairau Valley, and is drinking well right now. Fine value.

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Vergence White by Pegasus Bay 2016

NZ$27

This highly distinctive wine was based on 33-year-old, estate-grown Semillon vines, hand-harvested ripe at Waipara, in North Canterbury. Blended with some Chardonnay, Muscat and Gewurztraminer, to add “aromatics and balance”, it was fermented and matured for over two years in old oak barrels. Pale straw, with an invitingly fragrant, complex bouquet, it is sturdy and fleshy, with concentrated stonefruit flavours, hints of herbs and spices, fresh acidity and a dry, lasting finish. Hard to resist, given its impressive quality and value, it’s delicious now, but likely to reward further cellaring.

NEWS AND EVENTS

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Toast Martinborough 2019 17 November 2019

2019 Wine Tasting Notes – Now Available

Go to Advanced Wine Search to search the latest wine reviews from New Zealand Wines 2019, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide.

Savvy picks: New Zealand’s top sauvignon blanc picks from 2018

Sail from spring into summer with a snifter of our most famous grape: sauvignon blanc. 9 November 2018