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:
FEATURED WINES IN THIS REVIEW
Delta Hatters Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 13-Oct-2020Bright, even, pale yellow-gold with a green hue. The bouquet is gently-full and concentrated with well-packed aromas of succulent tropical green mango, lime, cassis, entwine with elderflower, spices and a subtle creaminess, freshen by seaspray. Medium-bodied, the palate features mouth-filling flavours of green mango and cassis lusciously, along with elderflower and minerals, forming a rounded and concentrated core. The fruit is underlined by a very fine-textured phenolic and refreshing, lacy acidity; along with spices; the wine carries to a lingering, fine-textured finished with concentration and depth. This is a well-crafted mouth-filling Sauvignon Blanc with succulent tropical green mango and cassis flavours, complexing details of spices, saline and creamy palate, and fine-textured presence. Fruit selected from a single vineyard in the Dillons Point, fermented to 13% alc, 40% was matured in seasoned French oak barriques, on lees for 4 months. Match with Cantonese dim sum and seafood over the next 5 years. 19/20 pts Oct 2020 RRP $29
Mahi Sauvignon Blanc 2019, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 14-Oct-2020Brilliant, straw-yellow with some depth and a slight green hue, lighter edged. The nose is soft, nuances of a freshly bitten Granny Smith apple melded with savoury elements, and Greek yoghurt creaminess, quite complex and savoury aromas focused. Medium-bodied, the palate is elegantly presented with soft aromas of pineapple, kiwi fruit, followed by prickly spices, salinity and minerals. The flavours are well proportioned with restrained intensity, show poise and elegance. Mouthwatering minerals and salinity underlined lacy acidity, linger with spices to a sustained, moreish finish. This is a well-crafted Sauvignon Blanc with focused savoury aromas, subtleties of tropical fruit and complexing spices and minerals, on a balanced, round, fine-textured palate. Match with pork loins and crab cakes over the next 3-4 years. 39% wild fermented, 20% fermented in older French oak to 13.4% alc, <1 g/l RS. Aged 9 months on lees, no protein-fining. Further aged in bottle for 6 months. 19-/20 Pts Oct 2020 RRP $24
Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2020, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 19-Aug-2020Bright, even, youthful pale yellow. The nose is vibrant with well-proportioned aromas of gooseberry, apple, kiwi, lime and zest, along with elderflower, slight flint and mineral. Light-bodied, gentle and bright flavour of Granny Smith's apple, lime and zest, kiwi fruit entwined with elderflower cordial, saline, oyster shells and prickly spices to a lengthy finish. The fruit is bright and fresh, crispy without being green or overly fruity. Smooth and clean textured with a roundness from the light lees ageing, complemented by a light chalky, oyster shells phenolic. Crisp, bright acidity flows with good energy and balance to a long finish. This is a crisp and pleasurable Sauvignon Blanc with a pure expression of green fruit, elderflower on a smooth-flowing, sea mineral texture line. Match with diamond clams and blue cod over the next 3-4 years. Fermented in a mixture of stainless steel, concrete egg and clay amphora to 13.5% alc, 3.2 g/l RS. Aged on lees for 3 months. 19-/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $24
Loveblock TEE Sauvignon Blanc 2019, MarlboroughSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - MarlboroughReview Date : 18-Sep-2020Bright, medium straw-yellow with a golden hue, even colour throughout. Elegantly-full bouquet, packed with intense aromas of saffron, candied orange peel, lemon basil, lemon zest, underlying honeysuckle, complexing nuances interwoven softly. Medium-bodied, crisp and mouthwatering aromas of pink grapefruit, lemon basil, saffron forms a good core, melded with scallions, candied orange peels. Bright, thirst-quenching acidity provides freshness to the rich and complexing flavours. A light phenolic grip is slightly unctuous, flow smoothly and provides some grip and chewiness for the palate. This is a complex and highly flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with exotic flavours of saffron, pink grapefruit, spicy herbal and floral elements, thirst-quenching and full of interest. Match with five-spice pork belly and whitebait fritters over the next 2-3 years. Organic certified, vegan friendly. 100% machines harvested, destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks with organic yeast to 13.5% alc, 4.9 g/l RS. Green tea powder used as a preservative, no sulphur added. 18.5+/20 pts Sept 2020 RRP $26.99
Domain Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Central OtagoSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - OtagoReview Date : 20-Aug-2020Bright, light straw-yellow with some depth, even throughout. The bouquet is fragranced with aromas of tropical pineapple, gooseberries, nettle, subtle underlying spices and savoury element. Medium-bodied, pineapple and subtle gooseberries melded with nettle and savoury tone; prickly spices lingers to a sustained finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and round-edged, flows with gentle yet vibrant acidity carries savoury minerals and prickly spices. The barrel used and lees stirring added to the creamy mouthfeel, along with a light layer of phenolic coating, interweaved a dusting of spices. This is a savoury Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of tropical fruit, nettle on a creamy and mineral flow. Match with pork croquette and Cioppino over the next 3-5 years. Handpicked, a portion whole-bunches pressed and the rest destemmed. Fermented in a mixture of stainless steel, older French oak barriques and one new barrique to 13.5% alc, 2.9 g/l RS. Partial lees stirred. 18.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $23
Matahiwi Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2020, WairarapaSauvignon Blanc from New Zealand - Wairarapa & WellingtonReview Date : 14-Aug-2020Bright, even, youthful pale-yellow. The nose is softly full with a good measure of passionfruit, mangoes, fresh-cut grass and herbs, melded with elderflower and subtle note of white pepper. Medium-bodied, dry to taste, the palate is fresh with passionfruit, lime, mango, along with freshly cut herbs and grass underlying savoury sea salt. The fruit is bright and vibrant with great concentration and intensity; ample acidity balance has a soft presence, flowing-smoothly on a savoury tone, finish with nuances of grapefruit pith, lingers to a long finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light phenolic grip. This is a fresh and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc with flavours of passionfruit, lime and herbs, soft flowing on a savoury line. Match with shellfish over the next 2-3 years. Fermented in a mixture of stainless steel and a small portion in older barrels to 12.5% alc. Aged on light lees. 18.5/20 pts Aug 2020 RRP $22.99