New Zealand has become all but synonymous with one grape: Sauvignon Blanc. The Northern tip of the Southern Island is called Marlborough and it is the home of most of New Zealand's Sauvignon Blanc. The Sauvignon Blanc found here is usually recalled as having grapefruit and citrus flavors with hints of pepper and herbs. Sauvignon Blanc lovers should not also try the fantastic Northern Island Sauvignons across the Cook Strait in Martinborough. These Sauvignons tend to focus on a citrus with some clear white peach flavors and fresh cut hay. Wine lovers should not pigeon hole New Zealand as a Sauvignon Blanc only wine producer, as it also makes fine Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other reds featuring the Bordeaux varietals. Chardonnay finds a welcome home throughout New Zealand, but the best wines come from Gisborne. Hawkes Bay is the home to claret-style reds made from the Bordeaux varietals. Hawkes Bay reds tend to have wonderful acidity, ripeness and subtle, but firm, tannins. These wines are certainly worth seeking out.
"90 Points- Wine Spectator. A solid effort, adding a hint of fum? character to its otherwise straightforward blend of stone and passion fruit. There might be a touch of residual sugar to give the impression of weight, but it's balanced by the tangy acids on the finish."
"Perfumed, with candied violet and toasty cedar touches that give a fragrant, charming note to the smooth huckleberry, blueberry and plum flavors. Drink now through 2024."
"An intense nose of gooseberries, with hints of freshly torn basil leaves. Clean crisp palate with ripe tropical fruits and a well balanced acidity."
"A rich bouquet of blue and black berry fruits, tinged with subtler elements of dried herb, violets, and spice. This core of dark fruit carries through to the palate where these flavor gain focus and definition from bright, ripe acids whilst fine gran, fruit derived tannins add textural interest and length."
"Deep and darkly brooding in color this wine has a complex nose showing brambly red fruit with riper, rich black cherries, smoky oak and some floral violet notes. There are supporting notes of thyme and spicy pepper found within focused acidity and layers of fruit and earthy complexity on the palate. Lush and silky tannins characterise the elegant palate with a rich and concentrated core of ripe red fruits and cherries that linger for a long powerful finish."
"A fresh style with classic Pinot Noir character. Offers cherry and raspberry, white pepper and delicate spice with cedarbox, carrot tops and the expected forest floor notes. It is approachable and juicy with silky fruit, cocoa and fine spices lingering across the finish."
"This intense Sauvignon Blanc is alive with a myriad of flavors dominated by gooseberry, passion fruit, fresh citrus, melon and herbaceous aromas. The wine has an enticing palate with a juicy flavor profile, purity and concentration, finishing crisp and clean with an interwoven thread of acidity."
"Classic aromas of citrus fruit including lime and grapefruit accented by hints of stone fruit and fresh-cut grass. Passion fruit, guava and kiwi harmonize on the palate with hints of fresh green notes, complemented by crisp acidity and a juicy, refreshing finish."
"This medium-bodied Sauvignon Blanc shows only a bit of grassiness. Rather than green, it offers predominantly pineapple, grapefruit and even a touch of stone fruit, finishing with a citrusy flourish."
"90 Points - Robert Parker. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc may not go down as an all-time classic Cloudy Bay, but in a difficult vintage, the wine has turned out excellent. Hints of snow pea pods accent tropical fruit notes in a wine that is soft, round and harmonious, showing ample concentration and length despite the rain-plagued harvest."