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Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc (375ML half-bottle) 2018

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375ML / 13% ABV
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4.2 14 Ratings
375ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Pale yellow-green, with star bright clarity. Aromas of lifted passionfruit, grapefruit, gooseberry, and peach fruit flavors, with complexing hints of jalapeno, nettle, boxwood and blackcurrant leaf. A full flavored, medium bodied wine, with an abundance of regionally typical blackcurrant and gooseberry flavors 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. 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.

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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.

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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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Whitehaven , New Zealand
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Established in 1994, Whitehaven is a small, privately-owned winery located in Blenhaim, New Zealand. Winemaker Sam Smail has earned a reputation for crafting distinctive and critically-acclaimed Sauvignon Blanc from the renowned Marlborough region. The vines here bask in warm sunlight and cooling breezes from the coast, translating to well-balanced wines with brilliant complexity. 

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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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