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"Lively & vibrant" Wine Orbit

"Classically expressed & highly enjoyable" Wine Orbit

Delightful when paired with fresh green-lipped mussels or Caesar salad

Gale Force Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Member rating / 50+
Elsewhere $20.00 $17.39
Awarded 91/100 Points Awarded 4.5 Stars
Gale Force Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Gale Force Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Member rating / 50+
The Awatere Valley of Marlborough is a relatively new grape growing region of New Zealand...
Elsewhere $20.00 $17.39


Awarded 91/100 Points & 4.5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2018


  • Passionfruit
  • Feijoa
  • Ripe gooseberry
  • Stone fruits

"It is intensely aromatic on the nose showing passionfruit, feijoa, lemon/lime zest and green apple characters. The palate is lively and vibrant, delivering excellent fruit purity and intensity, brilliantly supported by fine texture and mouth-watering acidity. Classically expressed and highly enjoyable" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2018

"Grown in the Awatere Valley, this is an aromatic, strongly herbaceous style, still fresh and lively. Crisp, with punchy, dry, green capsicum-like flavours, it’s ready to roll. Fine value" Michael Cooper, Mar 2019

The Awatere Valley of Marlborough is a relatively new grape growing region of New Zealand. The most powerful element this valley has upon vines is the wind. Predominantly from the West, these winds drive through the valley from any direction and quite often reach Galeforce intensity. Galeforce winds are very unnatural for vines and they expend all their energy into producing the juiciest fruit with the most flavour for the birds to spread their seed. The fruit is harvested before the  birds can get to them.

Trapped in the bottle are Galeforce aromas of ripe gooseberry and passion fruit, whilst the palate is intense and layered with nettles, stone fruits and subtle minerality with balanced acidity providing a long lingering finish.

The fruit was Machine harvested and handled as gently as possible once in the winery to preserve any of the vibrant fruit flavours. Fermentation was completed under cool conditions in Stainless Steel and stopped once there was a natural balance between any residual sugar and the zesty acidity of the Awatere.







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Our new favourite! Will be buying again as soon as more stock comes in.

Keely - 10/04/2020

Nice wine. Fantastic service. Thank you

Julie - 07/04/2020

Unbelievable value for quality wine

Graham - 16/03/2020

Great wine & great service - we often order red at the same time from a competitor. Black market always delivers faster. Just in time for Xmas. Cheers

Merryn - 31/12/2019

Perfect wine, light, refreshing and perfect for summer.

Inga - 15/12/2019

Vivacious little number, easy drinking with mild acidity and perfect for summer. Excellent value.

Neil - 14/11/2019

A fresh, fragrant and very drinkable Sauvignon Blanc

Edite - 08/11/2019

Very good value for money

LESLEY - 12/09/2019

We love this wine, it is the third time we have ordered. Very refreshing.

Shirley - 11/09/2019

Pleasure to drink

Moyra - 06/09/2019

Great wine to drink while eating crayfish bodies and 5 dozen Bluff oysters and white bait fritters

Gary - 03/09/2019

A hidden gem of a wine.

Ashley - 15/05/2019

A refreshing crisp sav blanc with strong flavour of gooseberries. Great VFM and will definitely buy again

Mike - 27/04/2019

Lovely Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Light, refreshing and easy to drink!

Emily - 08/04/2019

great value for money taste great will buy again

marie - 07/04/2019

Always a consistant drop, exceptional, we love it.

Frans - 18/03/2019


chris - 11/03/2019

Quite a nice drop. 2nd purchase, would purchase again. thanks ?

Sharon - 08/04/2020

Very pleasant

Corinne - 07/04/2020

I am not a wine connoisseur,but am really enjoying this wine.Must confess that I have never received a wine from Blackmarket that I have been disappointed with

Bill - 03/04/2020

Still drinking well

Andre - 08/03/2020

A pleasure to have with dinner .

Noliene - 27/02/2020

well priced

Steve - 24/02/2020

Nice light sauv

Gary - 17/02/2020

Good value wine

Ivan - 30/01/2020

Very enjoyable wine

Claire - 29/01/2020

Very dry and palatable

Graeme - 20/01/2020

It was great value for money--------will order another box

Mike - 10/12/2019

Lively and likeable

Warwick - 01/11/2019

As above

linda - 04/10/2019

Very easy to drink, if a little bland.

Rod - 04/09/2019


Juleine - 30/08/2019

Fine, v. drinkable. Bought it coz a bit weaker.

Graham - 20/04/2019

Had it before Nice wine

Gordon - 11/04/2019

Great value for money in this Sauvignon Blanc.

Helen - 23/03/2019

We have purchased this Sauvignon Blanc three times now and find it very enjoyable and good value for money.

Margaret - 18/02/2019

Very tasty Sav from the upper Awatere and very good value for money.

Bridget - 04/02/2019

So good I just have to keep coming back for more

Richard - 27/11/2018

Very nice at end of a meal. Dennis

Dennis - 06/04/2020

Atop line quaffer.

Peter - 17/03/2020

Not bad for the price

Irene - 04/02/2020

Good value for money.

Elizabeth - 02/12/2019

Good value for money

Jim - 05/11/2019

Is Ok but not the best I have tried.

Caroline - 30/09/2019

a crisp pleasant wine

noelene - 11/09/2019

Good value for money

Malcolm - 10/09/2019

A little too sweet for my liking, but very good value

Lorraine - 09/09/2019

Not as good as it's said. would not get them again.

Sachiyo - 12/05/2019

Not a bad Sauvignon.

Brigit - 20/01/2019


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