Charles Wiffen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

The Charles Wiffen Sauvignon Blanc is not one of the classical examples of gooseberryish methoxypyrazine-based or passionfruity thiol-influenced expressions as the majority of the variety are in Marlborough. The approach here is to showcase the softer Southern Valleys style and to make the most of the gentle broadness and accessibility. While some producers in the district have taken the path of increasing depth and complexity by blending in fruit from other sub-regions, or by incorporating the powerful lees and minerally reduction elements, Charles and Sandi Wiffen’s winemaker James Rowan has gone down the line of building in subtle layers, as he says he’s "a layers man”. With this wine he has the variety of different vineyard blocks, and ferments with different yeasts. There’s a significant amount of barrel-fermentation and some lees contact. But nothing is overdone. This is a Sauvignon Blanc for those who want a little more class and stylishness. Here, I review the newly released 2013 wine.


  • Charles Wiffen Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013

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