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Auntsfield Estate, Marlborough

NZ Sauvignon Blanc Tasting results

12 December 2012 (Cuisine magazine Issue 156)

After an indifferent summer, a golden autumn helped rescue the 2012 sauvignon blancs, writes John Saker

“ We’ve had better years… the sun hardly shone last summer,” said panel chair John Belsham. “But autumn provided a ‘Get Out Of Jail Free’ card and in the end there was no shortage of flavour for the 2012 vintage.” The issue for winemakers was how they used that flavour to produce balanced wines. Many of Marlborough’s more experienced hands met that challenge well. Our Top 10 are all Marlborough 2012s, most from labels with a strong track record for deft winemaking. “It was definitely a winemaker’s vintage,” added Mike DeGaris. “I was pleasantly surprised how well many of them worked it.” The overall success of the vintage is reflected in the numbers: from 237 entries, an impressive 53 wines achieved four stars or more.

Top 10 NZ Sauvignon Blanc

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

Auntsfield Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2012

When sauvignon blanc is nurtured and made with care and respect, the result is a wine like this: pure, concentrated, juicy and interesting. A classic herbal and capsicum riff rings out over a slightly smoky, minerally bass line. A fine acid line and a suave, fleshy texture are the keys to the wine’s structural elegance. “It’s not reliant on any overt elements,” said John Belsham. “It’s restrained in both taste and texture.”

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Star ratings for this tasting

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  • Outstanding 13
  • Excellent 11
  • Very Good 29
  • Good 66
  • No Award 118
  • Total Entries 237