Awatere Valley, Marlborough

O:TU

Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Very easy to drink. Citrus with minerality. — 9 days ago

Eradus

Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Classic New Zealand sauce blanc. Zingy, herbaceous, gooseberry.
— a month ago

The Prisoner Wine Company

Cuttings California Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2012

Took this wine to Duke of Marlborough restaurant in Russell, New Zealand. Maybe a bit past it’s prime. — 22 days ago

The Crossings

Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Super refreshing and easy to drink (especially at 3:30 on a Friday). — 2 months ago

Pyramid Valley Vineyards

Calrossie Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Little bit of bike tire reduction outta the gate, but it cleans up in a hurry. This is pure Chambolle-Musigny. The best NZ pinot I've had. Focused, perfumed, and just the right kinda musky. Red currant, blood orange, potting soil, and kelp. Wonderfully melted tannin, finesse for days. Has a long life ahead of it. — 12 days ago

Orbis Moderandi

Petillant Naturel Waihopai Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Tart and delicious! Dangerously drinkable. Slight grapefruit on the nose and mouth. — 25 days ago

Spy Valley

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Deliciously sour notes of gooseberry, but some creamy herbaceous bits, too. Great balance. — 5 days ago

Loveblock

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018

The 2018 Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc comes from the hilltops above Marlborough’s Awatere Valley. It shows 12.5% abv and sells for $22. Erica Crawford says, “New Zealand’s signature varietal tends to be bold and big,” thanks in no small part to her husband. This wine, she says, “focuses on texture rather than enhanced aromatics.” It went through 25% malolactic fermentation in order to soften the wine. Sure enough, it’s tamer and fruitier on the nose than their previous efforts. The minerals are still there, but the sometimes overwhelming greenness is replaced by a great fruit flavor. The 2017 vintage is a little grassier on the nose and palate, but still mild in comparison to the earlier profile. — 2 months ago

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