WorldWine Tasting Highlight

2013-10-25

Green, green Sauvignon

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Somehow the wines reminded me of the fact that I had planned, that very morning, to cut the lawn a last time before winter setting in: Grass, green bellpeppers, unripe gooseberries ... those were the dominant aromas of at least the first series of wines which I was able to recently taste during a presentation to which Wines of New Zealand had invited in Hamburg. The impression which I had already framed in occasion of our tasting of NZ Pinots last December - Not only Sauvignon - was confirmed to an extent that I was tempted to write "ABS" - anything but Sauvignon.


Vineyards in Marlborough, one of the best areas for Pinot noir in New Zealand. (photo: Wines of New Zealand)

No! That doesn't mean that all the Sauvignon blancs were bad as one can easily deduce from the below listed result of our tasting of 30 red and white Kiwis. Quite the opposite! Some of the wines were really nice. But it means that France, Austria, Italy and in the meantime even Germany make much more out of this variety. It means that I find it increasingly difficult to understand how somebody could have had the idea of declaring Sauvignon blanc as THE variety par excellence of New Zealand. Just as difficult as I find it to understand how someone can believe that Sauvignon blanc is one of the great noble varieties of this world.

And so I recouped myself with the Pinots which, under a purely numerical perspective did not come in too much ahead of the Sauvignons but which, with their elegance and finesse don't have to fear much competition, at least in the New World. Which is already something quite remarkable, isn't it? And this although some of the best Pinot producers of our above mentioned tasting, the Greywackes, Quartz Reefs, Misty Coves, Waipara Hills or Astrolabes, didn't even exhibit their wines in Hamburg.


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***** Craggy Range - 01 Havelock North - Hawkes Bay, Martinborough Pinot noir Te Muna Aroha 2011
***** Schubert Wines Ltd - Martinborough, Wellington Sauvignon blanc 2012
***** Schubert Wines Ltd - Martinborough, Wairarapa Pinot noir Block B 2011
***** ? Felton Road Wines - 9384 Bannockburn, Central Otago Pinot noir Bannockburn Calvert 2012
**** + Cloudy Bay - 7271 Blenheim, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Te Koko 2010 ...
**** Cloudy Bay - 7271 Blenheim, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2013
**** Oyster Bay Wines - 1142 Auckland, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2013
**** Elephant Hill Holdings Ltd - 4102 Te Awanga, Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon blanc 2012
**** Felton Road Wines - 9384 Bannockburn, Central Otago Pinot noir Bannockburn 2012
**** Villa Maria Estate Ltd - Mangere, Auckland, Marlborough Pinot noir Cellar selection 2010
**** Craggy Range - 01 Havelock North - Hawkes Bay, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard 2012
**** Tohu Wines - Lower Hutt, Marlborough Sauvignon Awatere Valley Single Vineyard 2013
**** Babich Wines - Henderson, Auckland, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Black Label 2013
**** Clos Marguerite Vineyard - 7210 Seddon, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Awatere 2012
**** Kim Crawford Wines - 1250 Huapai, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2013
**** Craggy Range - 01 Havelock North - Hawkes Bay, Martinborough Pinot noir Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard 2011
**** ? Spy Valley Wines Ltd - 7271 Blenheim, Marlborough Pinot noir 2012
**** ? Cloudy Bay - 7271 Blenheim, Marlborough Pinot noir 2011
**** ? Schubert Wines Ltd - Martinborough, Wellington Pinot noir 2011
*** + Brancott Estate Ltd - 1072 Blenheim, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2012
*** + Tohu Wines - Lower Hutt, Marlborough Pinot noir Limited release Tore Reserve 2010
*** Babich Wines - Henderson, Auckland, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2013
*** Orca Bay - 1250 Huapai, Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon blanc 2013
*** Oyster Bay Wines - 1142 Auckland, Marlborough Pinot noir 2012
*** Kim Crawford Wines - 1250 Huapai, Marlborough Pinot noir 2013
*** Tohu Wines - Lower Hutt, Marlborough Pinot noir Awatere Valley Single Vineyard 2012
*** Spy Valley Wines Ltd - 7271 Blenheim, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc 2013
*** Nobilo Wines - 1250 Huapai, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Regional Collection 2013
*** Clos Marguerite Vineyard - 7210 Seddon, Marlborough Pinot noir Awatere 2010
*** ? Villa Maria Estate Ltd - Mangere, Auckland, Marlborough Sauvignon blanc Clifford Bay 2012

Sauvignon for me the last

Sauvignon for me the last years became so boring, so i decided to plant Furmint as a historically widely planted grape here in this region many decades ago..

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