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Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Crisp and refreshing, Whitehaven captures bright notes of grapefruit and lemongrass in this superbly structured and balanced Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Smooth and zesty on the palate, Whitehaven features Sauvignon Blanc’s classic characteristics of fresh-snipped greens, white peach and pear blends with hints of tropical fruit. Each glass boasts along, clean finish. 

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Varietal and suitably fruity with grapefruit, apple, flower and mineral nose. Nice concentration of flavors on the palate and a fine texture.

WW 90
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: While I have enjoyed my fair share of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs for more than a decade or so, I continue to be pleased by how consistent the wines perform from vintage to vintage. The 2018 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc is a rock-solid wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine shows superb ripe citrus peel, lots of grapefruit accents and excellent textures on the palate. Pair it with grilled oysters accented with smoked bacon. (Tasted: March 8, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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In 1994, Sue and her late husband Greg White took shelter during a looming hurricane season in a Marlborough harbor at the top of the South Island. Stunned by the beauty of the area, they decided to drop their anchor in the safe haven and officially establish the Whitehaven Winery. Today, Whitehaven offers Sauvignon Blanc that is entirely grown, crafted, and bottled in Marlborough and certified sustainable by the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand organization.

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An icon and leading region of New Zealand's distinctive style of Sauvignon blanc, Marlborough has a unique terroir, making it ideal for high quality grape production (of many varieties). Despite some common generalizations, which could be fairly justified given that Marlborough is responsible for 90% of New Zealand's Sauvignon blanc production, the wines from this region are actually anything but homogenous. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough benefit from well-draining, stony soils, a dry, sunny climate and wide temperature fluctuations between day and night, a phenomenon that supports a perfect balance between berry ripeness and acidity.

The region’s king variety, Sauvignon blanc, is beloved for its pungent, aromatic character with notes of exotic tropical fruit, freshly cut grass and green bell pepper along with a refreshing streak of stony minerality. These wines are made in a wide range of styles, and winemakers take advantage of various clones, vineyard sites, fermentation styles, lees-stirring and aging regimens to differentiate their bottlings, one from one another.

Also produced successfully here are fruit-forward Pinot noirs (especially where soils are clay-rich), elegant Riesling, Pinot gris and Gewürztraminer.

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Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.

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