July 1, 2017 - Interesting wine and I am admittedly buzzed. Aroma and taste are of grass, peach and a little cat piss. Color is medium yellow. Medium bodied but with some viscosity and buttered flavors. May be a little past its prime.
October 16, 2016 - Very pleasant surprise - a slightly older and very mature single vineyard NZ sb that is drinking great now but probably should be drunk up within the next year. A really good QPR wine at our price point with no further upside in further cellaring. Darker yellow / more amber then most NZ sb's due to age. Soft, mellow, not bright and acidic any more and surprisingly complex. Soft nose with some burnt sugar, honey and lemon grass and flavor profile consisted of more lemon grass, peach and honey dew melon then the typical bright acidic citrusy profile so typical of many NZ sb's. Definitely recommend this wine with the caveat that I think it will not hold much past next year and any holdings need to start to be drunk up.
June 10, 2015 - Showing great typicity, this New Zealand Sauv Blanc has refreshing aromas, wonderfully bright and crisp acidity, and flavors that are filled with citrus and a bit of grass, all of which last longer than the average wine.
March 17, 2015 - Straw yellow. Aromatic lemon-lime and orange peel without the grassiness often found in SB. Acidity is well balanced; not aggressive but well integrated. Not necessarily a 'typical' varietal, but a classy and very enjoyable wine. Seems to be at its best drinking point just about now.
September 16, 2014 - Pronounced nose that jumps out of the glass. Very fresh, notes of green mango, lime, lemon, passion fruit, gooseberry.
The palate is a bit more herbaceous, but still has the typical electric undercurrent of gooseberry, lychee, passion fruit from a nz sauv blanc.
June 3, 2014 - Lovely example of Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc with intense green fruit aromas and flavours. Limes, Kiwi fruit and green apples leap out of the glass. The acidity is pronounced but balanced by the fruit and the after taste is lengthy and intense.
June 3, 2014 - This straw-colored Sauvignon Blanc delivers a nice combination of citrus, herbal, stone fruit and ginger aromas. Light-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic (13%) and with vibrant flavors which mirror the nose, it sails through the middle palate and concludes with a medium-length, tart finish. This wine's acidity begs for food! Serve it with light fare such as sashimi or grilled chicken. As with most New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc offerings, it is a wine which will be best in its youth. Drink now-2016.
March 13, 2014 - From 75cl screwcap. Can't quite align my impression of the (excellent) wine in my glass with the TNs below. This tastes remarkably like a superior Pouilly Fumé (and very much unlike most NZ SBs I have yet had the pleasure to encounter). The emphasis is on purity, concentration and sweetness of fruit on the mid-palate, and not at all on the upfront, in-your-face grassiness and tropical kiwi gooseberry I expected. All the amazing things promised in other peoples TNs (caramel? pineapple? dried banana??) I remember tasting or smelling in other wines, but not here, not this evening and not in this bottle. This is nonetheless a fine, classically-structured wine, with a weight and concentration which belies its modest 13% alc. 88-89P
February 19, 2014 - Nose shows citrus, pineapple, green leaf, dried banana. Palate gives nice balance, tart but juicy, acidity medium plus, pleasing finish.
January 19, 2014 - Grapefruity, grassy, and herbal. Light and elegant. Pure. No fireworks, but a very good wine.