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The Luminary 2017 Sauvignon Blanc

16 January,2018

The Luminary brand is designed by Palliser Estate in Martinborough to service the FMCG market. The wines are usually made from estate fruit, but have incorporated juice from the wider Wairarapa district if demand for the wine exceeds supply. Winemaker Allan Johnson always ensures the wines in this range are true to variety and style, and this has resulted in the wines showing well not only in the market, but also on the judging circuit. Here, I review the new 2017 The Luminary Sauvignon Blanc made from estate Martinborough fruit. Traditionally, Sauvignon Blanc has performed very well for Palliser Estate, so it is no wonder this wine punches above its weight.


The Luminary Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand – Wairarapa & Wellington


Bright, pale straw-yellow colour, near colourless on the rim. The nose is full and deep and well-packed with pungent passionfruit and tropical fruit aromas, along with fresh and dark herbs, This grows to show good presence and volume. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, the palate is bright and vibrant with robust fruit flavours of pungent passionfruit entwined with tropical fruit and dark herb flavours. This has plenty of fruit depth and the mouthfeel is vibrant and vigorous, with brisk acidity. The flavours carry along a light, thirst-quenching, dry-textured line, leading to a long and lingering finish. This is a full, up-front, well-concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with pungent passionfruit and herb flavours on a vigorous, zesty palate. Match with salads and vegetables, and Pacific Rim fare over the next 2 years. Fruit from the ‘Clouston’ and ‘East Base’ vineyards, cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 12.5% alc., the wine aged 4 months on lees. 17.5/20 Jan 2018 RRP $19.50

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