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Of the world's most recognizable wine-producing nations, New Zealand is perhaps the newest comer to the stage. In 1960, less than 1,000 acres of vines were planted on the North Island and virtually none on the South Island. Today, the country produces perhaps the most individually distinctive style of Sauvignon Blanc on the market, and each year, talented winemakers and viticulturalists are breaking new ground and exploring the challenging landscape of this remote pair of islands.

Viticulture in New Zealand originated around Auckland at Kumeu and Huapai, and soon spread south. Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island, is New Zealand's answer to Bordeaux. Sheltered from the harsh westerly winds in the rain shadow of a pair of mountain ranges, it enjoys low rainfall and high temperatures favorable to the cultivation of red grapes. Patches of deep, gravelly, poor shingle soils are most desirable for their effect on the Merlot vine, which is the most prevalent here. As summers grow increasingly warm, Syrah is showing more and more potential, as well. Martinborough is the North Island's other wine epicenter. The region sits in the same rain shadow as Hawke's Bay to the north, but it's exposed to the westerlies, making it a much cooler region and perfectly suited to producing vivid, Burgundian Pinot Noir along with markedly admirable Pinot Gris.

Just across the Cook Strait, on the northern tip of the South Island, lies New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough. Its reputation is built entirely on the piercingly acidic and intensely ripe version of Sauvignon Blanc that results from the bracing, cool weather and radiant, sunny days. No other region on Earth seems capable of imitating this style. The most southerly wine region on Earth and one of the most scenic, Central Otago differs from the rest of the country in its decidedly continental, rather than maritime, climate. Short, dry, sunny summers and harsh winters make it suitable for Pinot Noir, and only Pinot Noir. New Zealand's most famous red wine producers are here, making bright, exuberant, forward wines with no shortage of character or mass appeal.

New Zealand may be one of the world's youngest and most remote wine regions, but it's also one of the most compelling, if for no other reason than the sheer improbability of such success as it has enjoyed. And while its reputation is one-dimensional, the reality of its wine scene is far more kaleidoscopic.

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92 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): In another tricky vintage, the team at Cloudy Bay has turned out one of their best recent efforts. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc boasts notes of gooseberries and pineapple up front, and shows lovely harmony and roundness on the palate. It's medium-bodied and easy… ...
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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018  (#334539)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

92 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): In another tricky vintage, the team at Cloudy Bay has turned out one of their best recent efforts. The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc boasts notes of gooseberries and pineapple up front, and shows lovely harmony and…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
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JS 91
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94 points Decanter: A harmonious and balanced style with a high level of fruit concentration on the silken mid-palate. A more restrained style than you might anticipate from New Zealand, but this is the windy Wairarapa providing its own interpretation, usually with worryingly low yields to boot. The… ...
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Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough Te Muna Road Vineyard 2018  (#702243)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

94 points Decanter: A harmonious and balanced style with a high level of fruit concentration on the silken mid-palate. A more restrained style than you might anticipate from New Zealand, but this is the windy Wairarapa providing its own…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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91 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine—a real fruit bowl. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a long, flavorful finish. Drink: 2019-2020. (Mar 2019) ...
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Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018  (#334760)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

91 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is on the tropical end of the spectrum, with hints of guava, pineapple and nectarine—a real fruit bowl. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a long, flavorful finish. Drink:…

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92 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2018 Raranga Sauvignon Blanc follows winemaker Helen Master's recent trend of incorporating a small portion of skin-contact fermentation for increased texture/phenolics and exotic aromas. It's a fine effort, offering up hints of red currants and pink… ...
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Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 2018  (#702327)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Martinborough, Wellington/Wairarapa, New Zealand

92 points Joe Czerwinski (Wine Advocate): The 2018 Raranga Sauvignon Blanc follows winemaker Helen Master's recent trend of incorporating a small portion of skin-contact fermentation for increased texture/phenolics and exotic aromas. It's a fine…

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92 points Wine Spectator: A vibrant mix of pineapple, mango and citrus flavors on a smooth, medium body, with plenty of vibrant acidity. Appealing details of orange zest and green apple skin add complexity. Drink now. (3/31/19) ...
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Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018  (#702230)

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Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

92 points Wine Spectator: A vibrant mix of pineapple, mango and citrus flavors on a smooth, medium body, with plenty of vibrant acidity. Appealing details of orange zest and green apple skin add complexity. Drink now. (3/31/19)

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90 points Wine Spectator: White pepper notes mingle with ripe peach, melon and tangerine flavors in this smooth and juicy white, offering details of green tea and lime zest that linger on the finish. Finds harmony and grace on the long, expressive finish. Drink now. (6/15/19) ...
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Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018  (#702486)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

90 points Wine Spectator: White pepper notes mingle with ripe peach, melon and tangerine flavors in this smooth and juicy white, offering details of green tea and lime zest that linger on the finish. Finds harmony and grace on the long, expressive…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available
90 points Wine Spectator: Shows terrific intensity to the passion fruit and dried mango flavors, with accents of Meyer lemon and Key lime pie. Vivid. (9/30/19) ...
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Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018  (#702254)

750ml
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Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand

90 points Wine Spectator: Shows terrific intensity to the passion fruit and dried mango flavors, with accents of Meyer lemon and Key lime pie. Vivid. (9/30/19)

750ml Bottle | In stock, 9 available
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