New Zealand

Kim Crawford Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2021

The Kim Crawford Hawke’s Bay Rosé 2021 is 70% Merlot and 30% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from vineyards in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island. Kim Crawford has been a wine brand since 1996 and was started in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. The majority of the wines Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot…

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Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019

The Mud House Central Otago Pinot Noir 2019 is a reasonably priced Pinot Noir from New Zealand. Central Otago is located in the southern part of New Zealand’s South Island. Marlborough, where most of the Sauvignon Blanc is produced, is on the northern tip of South Island. This Pinot Noir is sourced from a single…

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Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc 2020

The Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is a $7.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive, farmed from estate vineyards in Marlborough, New Zealand, and sold in places where Trader Joe’s can sell wine. Some states do not allow wine to be sold in grocery stores, and in those places, this Sauv Blanc sells for $12 to $14 at…

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Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

The Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is the first winery to plant Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand’s South Island. In 1973 the Montana Winery (now Brancott Estates) planted the first Sauv Blanc vineyard, and by 1979 they had their first wine. The rest, as they say, is history. Brancott Estates…

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Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020

The Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2020 is sourced from estate vineyards planted in the flat land of the Wairau River Valley in the Marlborough district in the Northeast of the South Island in New Zealand. Allan Scott founded his winery in 1990 but has been part of the New Zealand wine industry since the early…

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Wildsong Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018

The Story The Wildsong Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is sourced from the Wild Flower Vineyard located in Mangatahi one of the highest elevated regions in Hawke’s Bay growing region on New Zealand’s North Island. Most of the Sauvignon Blanc you would typically see on store shelves comes from Marlborough on the South Island. Wildsong is…

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Nikau Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2019

The Story The Nikau Point NZ Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a $5.99 Trader Joe’s wine sourced from vineyards in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. This wine is a bit of a mystery. When I went online to check for information the company that was listed as the producer and seemed to have information concerning the…

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Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019

The Story The Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019 is a young Sauv Blanc sourced from mainly Estate vineyards (they own several in different sub-regions of Marlborough) and other carefully chosen contracted vineyards. Babich is a family-owned wine operation founded in 1916 and three generations of the Babich family currently oversee the operations. Marlborough is located on…

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Kirkland Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc 2018

The Story The Kirkland Ti Point Sauvignon Blanc 2018 seems to be a $6.99 Costco exclusive sourced from grapes grown in the Marlborough region of New Zealand’s South Island. Ti Point Vineyards produced and bottled this Sauv Blanc (that technically means they made at least 75% of the wine) and they are a winery that started…

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Exquisite Collection NZ Sauvignon Blanc

The Story The Exquisite Collection Single Vineyard Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 is an $8.49 ALDI import exclusive. Marlborough is located on the Northwest tip of New Zealand’s South Island, most of the nationally distributed NZ Sauvignon Blanc comes from this region. There is a pecking order for the pricing of New Zealand Sauv Blancs. The…

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90+ Cellars NZ Sauvignon Blanc Lot 2 2018

The 90+ Cellars NZ Sauvignon Blanc Lot 2 2018 is sourced from vines grown in the Awatere Valley of the Marlborough region on the South Island of New Zealand. 90+ Cellars are Negociantes, which means they purchase left-over or surplus wine from Wineries all over the world. This is a centuries-old French tradition and it works because…

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Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

The Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017 is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s import exclusive, 100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from vineyards in the Marlborough Region in the northeast corner of the South Island in New Zealand. Tuatea is Māori for “crest of a wave“, if you are attempting to learn the Māori language one random word at a…

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The Pass NZ Pinot Noir 2014

The Pass NZ Pinot Noir 2014 is a $9.99 Trader Joe’s import wine sourced from vineyards in the Martinborough region on the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island. Most of the New Zealand wines you find your local wine shop shelves come from Marlborough (most of the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir) located on the…

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Brancott Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013

The Brancott Estate Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013 is sourced mainly from 2 Estate vineyards, the Fairhall and Kaituna vineyards (here is a wine where Estate on the label actually means something), along with grapes from the Awatere Estates, all located in the Marlborough growing region on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. This…

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Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Prophecy Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is sourced from vineyards in the Marlborough region on the northeast corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Prophecy Wines feature varietals from different locations, a Pinot Noir from California, a Pinot Grigio from Veneto, Italy and a Red blend from both California and Washington. All value priced, within a few bucks of…

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Sea Pearl Pinot Noir 2013

The Sea Pearl Pinot Noir 2013 is sourced from vineyards in the Marlborough growing area of New Zealand’s South Island. Marlborough is located at the northeast tip of South Island and has the Pacific Ocean to it’s north and east and mountain ranges to the west and south. It has a very sunny, but cool climate,…

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Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2012 is sourced from multiple vineyards thru-out the Marlborough region on the South Island of New Zealand. Matua translates to “head of the family” in the Māori language and the winery was founded by Bill and Ross Spence. They planted the first Sauvignon Blanc vines in New Zealand in 1969 and…

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Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir 2012

The Bird Big Barrel Pinot Noir 2012 is sourced from the Dayvinleigh Vineyard on the Wairau River in Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. Steve Bird is the winemaker and he is the first to produce Pinot Noir with Vernou roll fermentation. He uses huge 238 gallon oak barrels (Tonnellerie Vernou is a French cooperage who make the…

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Sophora Sparkling Cuvée

The Sophora Sparkling Cuvée is 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir sourced from vineyards in the Gisbourne and Hawke’s Bay districts of New Zealand’s North Island. Most of the reasonably priced New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc you see on store shelves come from Marlborough on New Zealand’s South Island. Sophora is the Sparkling wine brand from Distinguished…

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Fire Road Pinot Noir 2013

The Fire Road Pinot Noir 2013 is sourced from several vineyards located in the Marlborough region, which is in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Marlborough is best known for Sauvignon Blanc, just check the NZ Sauv Blanc section of your local wine shop and you will see Marlborough on virtually every bottle. Marlborough…

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Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is sourced from vineyards located in the Wairau Valley and the Awatere Valley inside the Marlborough region on the northeast corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The harvest took place in February of 2014 (this post was written October 2014), so this Sauv Blanc went from grapes on the vine to bottles…

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[yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc

The [yellow tail] Sauvignon Blanc is a non-vintage wine sourced from vineyards in both Australia (93%) and New Zealand (7%). Even though this is a non-vintage wine, meaning the grapes come from more than one years harvest, the percentage of Australia to New Zealand grapes seem to change, there are some older bottlings with 86% Australia…

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Starborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

[/audio]] The 2012 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from several vineyards in the Marlborough region located at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. Starborough is one of E & J Gallo’s import brands, the Starborough winery usually produces single vineyard wines and this is their entry-level offering featuring grapes from several parts of…

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Nobilo Regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The 2012 Nobilo Regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from multiple Nobilo estate vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere sub regions of the Marlborough grape growing region in the Northeast corner of the South Island in New Zealand. The grapes were picked at night, the heat of the day evaporates a little of the…

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90+ Cellars Sauvignon Blanc 2012

The 90+ Cellars Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from vineyards in Marlborough in the upper part of South Island in New Zealand. 90+ Cellars is a negociant, a negociant buys juice from wineries and sells the wine under their own label, to make this situation work for both parties the source of the wine must be…

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