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The best Sauvignon Blancs from Taste's Top Wine Awards 2019

Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s shining star – fresh, fun and fabulous. Master of Wine Bob Campbell's shares his top picks for sav fans from Taste magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Taste Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.

Less than $20

Russian Jack 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $19.99
Bright, fresh and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, capsicum and grapefruit flavours.
Dashwood 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $14.99
Accessible wine with fruity acidity that perfectly balances a suggestion of sweetness to leave a crisp, mouth-tingling finish.
Rapaura Springs 2018 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $16.99
Greener, more herbal and edgier wine than many, with less tropical fruit character and more gooseberry and green capsicum. Quite concentrated.
Grove Mill 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $19.99
Delicate and appealing Sauvignon Blanc in a 'drink me' style with grapefruit, tree fruit and subtle passionfruit flavours.


Astrolabe 2017 Kekerengu Coast Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $25
Intense, powerful Sauvignon Blanc with taut, lemon grass, oyster shell/mineral and gooseberry flavours.
Astrolabe 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $23
Bright, fresh and concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with punchy regional/varietal flavours, including capsicum, nettle, gooseberry, melon and subtle passionfruit.
Martinborough Vineyard 2018 Te Tera Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough $24.99
Rich and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with passionfruit, nectarine, citrus/grapefruit and red capsicum flavours. Serious Sauvignon.
Vavasour 2018 Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc Northland $24.99
Weighty and flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc with typical Awatere cut grass, green capsicum, mineral and tomato leaf characters.

More than $30

Empirical 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $49.99
Super-premium, barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc in a seductively mouth-filling style. Crisp and complex wine that will raise your eyebrows.
Dog Point 2016 Section 94 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $37
One of Marlborough's most highly acclaimed barrel fermented/matured examples of Sauvignon Blanc. Richly textural and impressively complex wine.
Cloudy Bay 2015 Te Koko Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $59.99
It's Sauvignon Jim, but not as we know it! Fermented and aged in oak barrels, this delicious wine clearly demonstrates that the best examples get even better with bottle age.
Astrolabe 2017 Taihoa Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $32
Flagship, barrel-fermented Sauvignon boasting more weight, complexity and texture, thanks to vineyard selection and oak treatment.

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