Sauvignon Blanc has been a flagship wine for Hunter’s since the winery’s very beginning in 1979. This is the varietal that introduced Hunter’s (and New Zealand wine in general) to the world back in 1986 at London’s Sunday Times Wine Festival. Classically Marlborough, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc shows a nose of passionfruit and touch of herbaceous capsicum. It has a refreshing multi-layered palate of citrus and tropical fruit. This is a delicious, satisfying wine with beautifully balanced acidity.
Winemaking practices at Hunter’s lead to a common goal: expressing and capturing the lush fruit aromatics and flavours that the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is known for. Fruit is harvested in the early morning, when the grapes are still cool, then immediately destemmed, gently crushed, and pressed to stainless steel tanks. Fermented at low temperatures that let the vibrant flavours of the wine shine, the wine spends roughly five months on fine lees prior to bottling.
“Classically Marlborough: nose of cut grass, passionfruit, gooseberry and sweat. Pungent and bold. A little more subtle on the palate at first, hints of sherbet and asparagus with a sweet and sour tangy crispness. This opens up nicely with aeration, coming on strongly on the home straight as the flavours and length build. Just what you’d expect from a Sav.”
Very Good / Excellent, Otago Daily Times (NZ), Feb 2019