Top 6 Sauvignon Blanc


First up of Raymond Chan Wine Reviews Top 6, Sauvignon Blanc.

Sauvignon Blanc has a love or hate relationship to a lot of wine drinkers; they love it because it's so intensely aromatic, generous in flavours at a very affordable price point. Some hate it because so many of the same flavour flooded the market, it has become boring. I had the opportunity to review an ample amount of them; there are many focused on freshness and vibrancy for everyday drinking; on the other hand, there are many that are impressively complex and age-worthy, achieved through the use of wild ferments, lees contact, as well as fermentation and/ or ageing in old and new oak barrels, amphoras, or a combination of different vessels.

I'm in love with the details that go into making this popular variety, the art of balancing its acidity, creating texture and complexities, plus the intensity leads to the age-ability of this variety are fascinating.

New Zealand produces 302,000 tonnes Sauvignon Blanc per year, made up of 73% of NZ wine production; accounts for 86% of NZ wine export.

Top 6 wines are selected from the wines submitted for review, based on the highest rating and value for money secondly. Why Top 6? Because a wine box fits 6 bottles. ⁠

Below are my Top 6 Sauvignon Blanc from 2020 tastings:


  • Delta Hatters Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough 
  • Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough
  • Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough
  • Loveblock TEE Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Marlborough
  • Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central Otago
  • Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Wairarapa

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