Wine Tasting Video: New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough & Hawke’s Bay

Rod Easthope Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Hawke’s Bay (£11.99 Naked Wines)
Gentle style, a touch off-dry with reasonable citrus, rhubarb and crisp apple notes, but marred by excessive green pepper character. C+

Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough (£12.99 Liberty Wines)
Quite a rich, full style, a touch sweaty (in a nice way!) with good tension between minerally citrus fruit and a fleshier tropical edge, again some green pepper, but here, it’s not centre stage. Good but not great. B

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Marlborough (£16.99 contact Liberty Wines for stockists – couldn’t fit all the 40+ companies in here!)
Subtle, sleek style, starts off quietly then uncurls to show its herb-tinged citrus, gooseberry and asparagus flavours and taut mineral nature, lovely balance of richness & freshness. S(+)

Lay of the Land Destination Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough (£12.99 Naked Wines)
Mandarin oranges and fruit salad chews! The soft, relaxed, rounded flavours are tempered by some zesty freshness, but it’s just a bit simple and jelly-like for real class. B(-)

Esk Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2011, Marlborough (£9.99 Wine Rack, Rhythm & Booze, Cambridge Wine Merchants, York Wine)
Losing some of its youthful vigour, and with some of the fresh fruit turning into the sweaty gooseberry pie and tinned pea/asparagus of middle age, OK, but on a gentle decline. C+

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