2015 Gladstone Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc $25

Score: 17.5/20

13 September 2016, Joelle Thomson

Sauvignon Blanc now accounts for 85.6% of all New Zealand wine exports, so it might seem to be something of a dime a dozen here in NZ, but it’s never been better in quality. This winner is a fine balancing act of crisp freshness with full blown, bells and whistles flavours and it comes from Gladstone in the middle of the Wairarapa (90 minutes’ drive from Wellington city).

Talk about a balancing act of powerful creamy flavours which are harmoniously balanced by fresh green apple flavours and notes of tropical fruit. It’s a testament to the windy climate and intense warm summers that this wine is so concentrated in flavour since both factors contribute to low yields in the region’s vineyards. Add 40% of barrel fermentation and the result is a Sauvignon with body to burn and a long finish. It drinks well right now and will last the distance for at least 4-5 years… not that mine will last.