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Enjoy – Ken” -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz, March 2014, “Lemon, grapefruit and green apple flavors show a juicy acidity, with details of orange zest and chamomile on the finish.” Sauvignon blanc may be Marlborough's bread and butter, but that's by no means all it has going for it. Or try with seared salmon with chilli and coriander on a quinoa salad with torn lettuce leaves, basil and sesame. A great food wine that can be enjoyed now but should become even more interesting with a little bottle-age. The Marlborough district of New Zealand's South Island has set the world standard for crisp Sauvignon Blanc wines. This wasn’t obvious early in January as ash drifting across from the Australian bushfires resulted in a lot of cooler cloudy weather to keep the vineyards green. 4 STARS Fresh and juicy fruit, with nettle and herbal notes take the mid palate to the finish to join agreeably with guava and lime. pH: 3.4 SILVER MEDAL – Berlin International Wine Competition 2018, SILVER MEDAL – Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2018, 4 STARS – Raymond Chan, raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Apr 2018, “The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is the best regular bottling I can recall from Babich. TROPHY – Marlborough Wine of the Year – China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2016, GOLD MEDAL – San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016, SILVER MEDAL – New York Wine & Spirits Competition 2015, SILVER MEDAL – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015, 4 STARS – Michael Cooper, Listener, 21 Nov 2015, 4 STARS – Cuisine Magazine, Dec 2015 issue, SILVER MEDAL – 2016 Sunset International Wine Competition, SILVER MEDAL – Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2016, 4 STARS – Vines Magazine, www.vinemag.com, Spring 2016, SILVER MEDAL – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition 2016, “Ripe, fruity and vibrant with sweet hay and ripe bell-pepper then tropical and citrus fruit aromas of pineapple, apple and grape fruit, quite simple. Save £2.00 Was £8.00 Now £6.00 Offer valid for delivery from 03/01/2021 until 25/01/2021. A perfect combination with seafood - particularly oysters. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc A zest for the extraordinary. -Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012, “This tart Sauvignon Blanc will complement a variety of dishes, with a vibrant nose of tropical and herbal notes and a fruity, layered, lush palate. It has a kiss of sweetness on the palate, nicely offset with racy acidity. Juicy passionfruit elements and mineral emerge and the mouthfeel is carried by very fine phenolic textures and crisp acid drive, leading to a long, fresh finish of gooseberries, florals and minerals. The Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is layered with lime, lemongrass, peapods, and punchy, grassy goodness, it's crammed with character and will have you shakin' what your mama gave ya with sheer tastineess in no time. A nicely crafted texture here, supporting a riot of passion-fruit aromas and flavors. Lots of vibrato and energy on the palate with spicy acidity, a core of tropical, citrus and white fleshed fruit flavours, moments of satin texture adding to the complexity and mouthfeel. All Rights Reserved. The wine the world fell in love with. It’s pristine and pure, with aromas and flavors of gooseberries and hints of nectarine and snow pea pods. Long bright and balanced. -Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2011, “Pale colour in the glass. Look for an excellent, juicy, balanced combination of concentrated, complex fruit and bright, clean acidity.” – -The Globe and Mail Newspaper, Canada, 1st April 2012, “This almost clear colored Sauvignon Blanc opens with a mild grapefruit bouquet. Residual Sugar: 3.5g/L. -Michael Cooper, www.michaelcooper.co.nz, August 2013, “The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc opens with gooseberry, green apple and grass notes with a touch of chalk dust. Solid effort.” "Pa Road" Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, te Pa Family Vineyards, New Zealand, Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc $ 12.92. inc. 20% sales tax. Delicious from the start.” Mineral and herbal notes, white musk. A very well balanced Sauvignon Blanc with a lovely medium weight. ‘It’s not a jump out of the glass style, but the wines develop well.’ The latest releases reflect a rising input of grapes from the company’s Cowslip Valley Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley, which gives less herbaceous fruit characters than its other Marlborough vineyards. 4 STARS The bouquet is light, fresh and mouthwatering with aromas of gooseberry and tropical fruits, lifted with aromatic stonefruits and unfolding some pungent passionfruit and hints of green beans. TA: 7.8g/l Residual Sugar: 3.0g/L. Balance is fresh and lingering. -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, March 2014, “A classically expressed sauvignon, the attractive bouquet shows feijoa, lime zest, pineapple with gentle herbaceous notes. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced, and mouthwatering. Thankfully, harvest was able to continue and the weather played its part superbly. Fresh & Fruity. pH: 3.39 A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc crafted in a style ensuring fruit freshness. -Tizwine.com, November, 2010, “Joe Babich favours ‘a fuller, riper, softer style of Sauvignon Blanc. It’s all about the vibrant fruit, zingy and zesty with gooseberry and grapey notes. -Warren Barton, The Dominion Post Christmas Wine Guide 2010, “This is textbook, 100% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc cool-fermented in stainless-steel to 13.0% alc. In the last week or so the nights cooled off, allowing extra time for flavour development heading into harvest. The Giesen Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a showcase of the famed Marlborough wine region. The flavor profile is a tasty gentle grapefruit with hints of pear. The family-owned Babich produces a staggering assortment of wines from across New Zealand, yet this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is the one we see here the most. pH: 3.3 90 POINTS – JamesSuckling.com Nov 2020, “An enticing, fresh, varietal and pure fruited bouquet followed by flavours of apple and lemon, pink grapefruit, a touch of quince then tropical fruit flavours of pineapple and mango. It's a grape that, within a row - and even within a bunch - has an incredible diversity of pure flavour. The juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks at various temperatures, and with a mix of wild and inoculated yeast, to capture the unique combined qualities of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and also build in some textural and flavour complexity. Firm, crisp, refreshing and dry. It’s succulent and rounded on the palate with lovely fruit intensity and a lingering juicy finish. After harvest the grapes were quickly crushed and pressed into stainless steel tanks where the juice was fermented at controlled cool temperatures to capture the intense varietal flavours of this wine. This upfront, in-your-face drop captures the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. -Ted McIntyre, www.travelinggolfer.net, “Made mainly from estate vineyards, Babich consistently offers a tasty and refreshing sauvignon blanc with riper tropical and citrus fruit notes and richer texture than many of its Marlborough neighbours.” Sitting at the top of South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand's superstar, famous for iconic Sauvignon Blanc. Made in the classic Marlborough style, it is juicy with peach, guava, tangerine, lime, elderflower and grass notes. A solid example of the Marlborough style showing good varietal character.” However, the season warmed up heading into February, and the grapes went through veraison in very good, clean condition. 89 POINTS Friendly and approachable, a lovely sauvignon with great drinkability.” The wine is softly perfumed with broom and tropical notes. The combination makes it ideal as a refreshing summer white, but with a little added food-pairing flexibility—especially oysters. Dry to taste and medium-bodied, tightly bound flavours of aromatic gooseberry fruit, white florals and passionfruit are lifted by esters and crisp acidity. Wineries in the Marlborough region were producing outstanding Sauvignon Blanc by the early 1980s, and in 1985 the Sauvignon Blanc from Cloudy Bay Vineyards finally garnered international attention and critical acclaim for New Zealand wine. Excellent everyday drinking at a very fair price.” Serious, crisp, dry sauvignon blanc with citrus, grapefruit, passionfruit, lime zest and a suggestion of savoury struck-flint character. 88 POINTS Very pale straw-yellow colour with green hues, this has a pristine bouquet of English gooseberries with excellent clarity and intensity. Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc exploded onto the world wine scene in the 1980s and 1990s, to the rapture of wine critics and consumers around the globe. TA: 7.4g/l Grassy, summery, bright honesty with a hint of spill the beans. Well made and ready from today and through 2023.” 4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011, “Attractive, delicately succulent wine with passion fruit/tropical fruits, red capsicum and a suggestion of tree fruit flavours. The aroma is fragrant and herbal, the palate fresh and lively. Finishes with snappy acidity and whiffs of white flowers.” -Wine Spectator Magazine, June 2015 issue “Smells like capsicum salad. The palate is very tangy and crisp, sweet fruit balances out the acidity. Good balance and length.” 4 STARS This is an elegant, firm-lined, dry Sauvignon Blanc with lifted aromatics. -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2012, “Pure, fresh, crisp Sauvignon Blanc with light gooseberry, grapefruit and green capsicum flavours plus a subtle passionfruit influence.” Aromas of blackcurrant and gooseberry over tropical fruits and citrus with a trace of jasmine. 4 STARS This is a youthfully tight Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry and tropical fruit lifted by fresh esters, showing a little grip.” -WineNZ Magazine, Summer Issue 2010, “Lemon and lime notes dominate on the nose, with modest grassiness and almost none of the bitter bell pepper notes sometimes found in other Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. 2020. Lovely concentration followed with a lengthy citrus zesty finish. Offer. It’s a great choice for oysters and other seafood, as well as for fish and chips.” Passionfruit, passionfruit, passionfruit! Zesty on the tongue, with plenty of flvaours. Fabulous bouquet of SB with intensity and power, a core of fruit, spice, layers of fresh herbs and definitive stony minerality. This Sauvignon Blanc is typically pungent with grapefruit, lantana and blackcurrant. Marlborough Estates. – Vines Magazine, www.vinemag.com, Spring 2016, “This is a very good example of Marlborough (New Zealand) sauvignon, showing plenty of concentrated, pungent fruit supported by bright, clean acidity. Residual Sugar: 3.9g/l. Good focus.” Residual Sugar: 4g/l, GOLD MEDAL & TROPHY (BEST VALUE NEW ZEALAND WINE) -China Best Value Wine & Spirits Awards 2012, SILVER MEDAL -San Francisco International Wine Competition 2012, 4 STARS -Michael Cooper, Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2012, 4 STARS -Bob Campbell MW, www.bobswinereviews.com, Oct 2011, 4 STARS -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, October 2011, 89 POINTS -KensWineGuide.com, February, 2012, “A young, fresh wine that is almost jumping out of the glass – this is a delightful drink. Bright light lemon/green, it has fresh, very ripe, tropical fruit aromas and flavours, with hints of passionfruit, peaches and limes, excellent richness and a rounded finish. Residual Sugar: 3.8g/l. It’s about diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways of the Marlborough … Crunch finish.” DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL -China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2013, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL -San Francisco International Wine Competition 2013, SILVER MEDAL -International Wine Guide 2013, 5 STARS -Winestate Magazine, Special Edition 2012, 91 POINTS -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz , Sept 2012, 90 POINTS -Steve Thurlow, WineAlign, National Post – Canada, August 2013, “A lovely expression of classic Marlborough style, the bouquet is perfumed with white peach, feijoa, capsicum and floral notes. -International Wine Challenge 2011 – UK. Marlborough is about world famous Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s largest winegrowing region, and the soils and enviable climate that create it. -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, June 2017, “Bright, very pale straw-yellow colour with slight green hues, near colourless on the rim. -Mike Desimone & Jeff Jenssen, www.thelatinkitchen.com, April 2013, “An intensively flavoured sauvignon with lifted aromas of guava, lemon, and dried grass that you don’t often find for less than $15. TOP 100 The last grapes were harvested on 6th April and brought the surreal vintage to a close for the Jules Taylor Wines team. -Chris Waters, The Globe and Mail – March 25th 2020, This Sauvignon Blanc screams out for seafood (think fresh oysters! The aromatics grow in breadth and depth with aeration. The finish is dry and rather refreshing. 91 POINTS TA: 8g/l Our Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc boasts fresh, vivid classic flavors that consistently showcase the diverse qualities of our Marlborough vineyards, year after year. It doesn’t assault the senses but is made for enjoyment rather than effect. Write a review -Sam Kim, www.wineorbit.co.nz , Sept 2012, “Very pale straw colour, pale on rim. Rounded and crisp. The nose is very elegantly presented and tightly bound with ethereal aromas of passionfruit and gooseberries enhanced by subtle herbal notes and chalky, minerally detail. Riper, rounder, with limes, melons and fruit salad in the mix” The perfect wine to have with crayfish.” The finish maintains focus well. Jules loves this wine because it is so expressive of the site where it’s grown. 18/20 Textured and sweet fruited, current, gooseberry, apple and ripe citrus with juicy green notes and a gentle spice. A reliable label showing plenty of appeal. We’ve taken a crack at a unique drop and the results more than fine. All the classic New Zealand Sauvignon character that makes Marlborough so famous. 87 POINTS 4 STARS The juice was inoculated with aromatic yeasts and gently fermented at cool temperatures to enhance the wine’s aromas and Now, Marlborough Sauvy Is World Famous For Its Unique, Fresh Flavors Some sweet elderflower on the nose and a good structured acidity on the palate.” GOLD MEDAL, 95 POINTS – (Best White Wine Score – les grandes médaille – 1 of only 6 awarded) -Concours Prix du public 2011,Quebec, Canada, SILVER MEDAL -San Francisco Wine Competition, SILVER MEDAL, 90 POINTS -Cathay Pacific Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition, 4 STARS, -Michael Cooper’s Buyer’s Guide to New Zealand Wines 2011, 4 STARS, 18/20 -Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2011, 90/100 -Uncorked Magazine, Canada- Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, March 2011, 4 STARS, 87 POINTS -Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, Feb, 2011, “Very easy to enjoy, this is not a dramatic, “leap-out-of-the-glass” style. Pair it with fresh oysters for a real treat.” Classically expressed and very appealing. 4 STARS Aromas of lemon blossom, lime and blackcurrant with a touch of guava. Light-bodied and with bright acidity, the citrus flavours explode on the palate, bringing ripe lemon, grapefruit and a hint of lime with underlying green apple notes. World-class New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from an epic family winemaking team Exuberantly fruity yet crisp and refreshing, let Bill and Claudia show you why Marlborough is THE place for Sauvignon Blanc. S. 1. -Wine Spectator, Issue 30 Apr 2017. The palate is juicy and smooth with lovely fruit intensity and well balanced acidity providing a pleasant crisp finish. Want in? Sauvignon Blanc was commercially produced on our shores for the first time in the 1970s and is now New Zealand’s most widely planted variety. Lengthy finish, a delicious wine ready to enjoy from today and through 2023+. White stone fruits and blackcurrant leaf flavours meets notes of lime and nectarine, with a long, persistent finish. This is a softly rich and succulent, passionfruity Sauvignon Blanc with a fresh mouthfeel and a lively line.” In Marlborough's Waihopai and Awatere valleys, grapes are grown in a moderate maritime climate. It’s punchy on the palate but has a creamy edge. 4 STARS Roll up your sleeves people! 4 STARS MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC. This wine is clean, fresh and tropical, with fruit from several vineyards situated throughout Marlborough. This is an elegant, lively and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc with bright, aromatic fruit and fine-textured linearity.” 4 STARS After extensive tasting trials by the winemakers, this Sauvignon Blanc was blended, finished and bottled. Serve as an aperitif, with antipasto or seafood over the next 18 months – 2 years.” TA: 6.9g/L This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is aromatically expressive and generously flavoured with freshly cut herbs, scrumptious tropical fruit with subtle notes of blackcurrant leaf. Not from this part of the world, anyway. This wine is clean, fresh and tropical, with fruit from several vineyards situated throughout Marlborough. pH: 3.2 Time to gather the troops, cook up a storm, lay the table and decide on your chosen few. The nose displays gooseberry, herbal and tropical notes. The fruit flavours combine with mouthwatering intensity and juicy acidity, giving way to a long, zesty, perfectly balanced finish. 89 POINTS This is a soft, smooth, upfront and gently luscious Sauvignon Blanc. -Daenna Van Mulligen, www.winediva.ca,  May 2016, Alcohol: 13.0% Bright lifted herbals, fennel, blackcurrant and lemon. In a sheltered corner of the Malborough region, grapes grown by the sea give this exquisite Sauvignon Blanc its complex aromas and soft texture. In the mouth this wine is just lovely; intense yet poised, gently textured but not at the expense of definition, well endowed with grapefruit, lime and edgy minerality. Marlborough, New Zealand- A distinctive and aromatic Sauvignon Blanc, delivering bright and lively gooseberry and passion fruit characters with a hint of lime. SAUVIGNON BLANC. This is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc which is consistently produced in a fuller, riper, softer style that develops well. ” Raw oysters or clams taste great with this delicious example of a well-made Sauvignon Blanc.” Good luck taking your pick. -Cuisine Magazine, Dec 2015 issue, “The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc gives note of fresh apples and grapefruit with a grass and pea pod undercurrent. Delightful – with or without food.” The 2016 vintage is typical. The herbaceousness is obvious yet calm and entwined through the fruit flavours. -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Jan 2016, “Signature Marlborough pungency leads the way. Here At Matua, Sauvignon Blanc Is Pretty Special. GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019, SILVER MEDAL – Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2018, 90 POINTS – Decanter World Wine Awards 2019, “Voluptuous aromas of melon and guava. 4 STARS 10 Years Later, We Were Making It In Marlborough. This wine has excellent line and length. The flavours are straightforward with a little esters lift, and carry through to a soft-textured finish that recedes gently. Expressive and immediately likeable.” SILVER MEDAL – New York Wine & Spirits Competition 2019, SILVER MEDAL – Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2019, DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL – China Wine & Spirits Awards 2020. A well-balanced wine with the palate weight, sweet fruit flavours and the crisp acidity usually associated with this style. Well fruited entry and mid-palate, focused but lush. -Lisa-Perrotti Brown, eRobertParker.com #209, Oct 2013, “Babich aims for a riper style of Sauvignon Blanc with more tropical fruit flavours and fleshy texture than the assertive, high acidity style favoured by other Marlborough producers. That's Because Back In 1974, We Produced NZ's Very First Sauvignon Blanc. to harvest each block individually once the fruit was ripe and the flavours were perfect. JULES TAYLOR MARLBOROUGH SAUVIGNON BLANC 2020. 90/100 -Uncorked Magazine, Canada- Ben MacPhee-Sigurdson, March 2011, “It’s ripe and gently aromatic on the nose displaying stonefruit, lime and capsicum characters. Your expectations will be realized – a vibrant Marlborough style, which pops with grapefruit and guava, nettles and capsicum, passionfruit and grass clippings. Gentle acidity aids drinkability.” The season started cool and unsettled, but temperatures quickly warmed up leading to an early, quick flowering. Jules Taylor Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019. The nose is elegantly concentrated with a rich core of passionfruit and tropical fruit entwined with fresh herb aromas, along with soft notes of nettles and cut-grass. 4 STARS – Winestate Magazine, March 2021 issue. The palate is an explosion of sweet blackcurrant followed up with lemon and spice. Very good length. -Chris Waters, Vine, Canada, March/April 2014 issue, “Light, fresh and agreeably tangy Sauvignon Blanc with green capsicum, guava, grapefruit and gooseberry flavours. The softer character makes it attractive on its own or served with fish or seafood dishes.” In 1975, when Marlborough’s first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted, no one could have predicted the superstar status that this variety would attain within a couple of decades. For your Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, Ben harvested grapes in the cool of the night from a pair of his very own family vineyards, bringing you a whirl of juicy fruit flavors and signature fresh, citrusy elegance. -Raymond Chan, www.raymondchanwinereviews.co.nz, Sept 2014, “Nectarine, ripe citrus, feijoa and dill fragrance sets the scene for a delightful palate that’s filled with attractive flavours and refreshing acidity. 5 STARS 10 Years Later, We Were Making It In Marlborough. Residual Sugar: 3.6g/l. Fabulous 90-Point Marlborough Star. 4.5 STARS Bottle (750ml) Standard delivery 1 week No minimum order. Crisp and clean in the mouth, this medium bodied Sauvignon offers a decent mouthful of flavor and a medium-long apple laced finish. 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