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"An attractive, lively, high energy wine" Bob Campbell, MW

"Excellent fruit purity, intensity, finishing long & intensely juicy" Wine Orbit

Well matched with Chicken Tikka Masala or fresh seafood with a fresh salad

Mystery Upper Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Member rating / 50+
Erp $21.00 $18.26

Black Market Mystery Wines™ are simply wines we love, with the branding hidden and revealed only when it arrives at your door!

Awarded Gold Medal Awarded 5 Stars Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 93/100 Points Awarded 4.5 Stars Awarded 4 Stars
Mystery Upper Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Mystery Upper Awatere Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Member rating / 50+
The Upper Awatere is known for its rugged soils, unforgiving climate and stunning Sauvignon Blanc flavours...
Erp $21.00 $18.26


Awarded Gold Medal

Australian & New Zealand Boutique Wine Awards 2019

Awarded 93/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

Awarded 93/100 Points & 4.5 Stars

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review

Awarded 4 Stars

Michael Cooper, Winestate


  • Dry style
  • Grapefruit & gooseberry
  • Kiwifruit
  • Refreshing acidity

"Wonderfully fruited and fabulously expressed, the wine shows kiwifruit, sweet basil, lime peel and grapefruit characters on the nose. The palate is equally attractive with excellent fruit purity and intensity, finishing long and intensely juicy" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

"Tangy, pungent Awatere sauvignon blanc with typical cut grass, gooseberry, tomato leaf and oyster shell/mineral flavours supported by attractive fruity acidity. An attractive, lively, high energy wine" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review

"Full of youthful impact, this is a vibrant, punchy wine with incisive, freshly herbaceous flavours and a dry, appetisingly crisp finish. Already very expressive, it should be at its best now-2020" Michael Cooper, Winestate

This Mystery 2018 Upper Awatere Sauvignon Blanc is distinctly aromatic with lifted notes of blackcurrant bud and citrus filling the glass. There is an abundance of fruit weight on the palate which is structured and well balanced, with refreshing mineral acidity.

The 2018 season started off warm and the vines were growing very fast. The canopy was very healthy and flush. Good rainfall late in the summer kept the vines healthy, allowing the vines to ripen the fruit through to harvest. Crisp, flavoursome fruit was harvested in the cool of the night to retain the refreshing acidity and finesse before heading to the winery.

This Mystery Sauvignon Blanc is picked over several nights and each parcel is harvested for specific flavours to compliment the final blend. These parcels are processed and fermented separately under cool conditions and left on yeast lees to mature.

The Upper Awatere is known for its rugged soils, unforgiving climate and stunning Sauvignon Blanc flavours. Strong winds, scorching daytime temperatures, and cool clear nights contribute to the development of the amazing flavours found in Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Our single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is crafted by this terroir, creating wines that are pristine, refined and well balanced, with a strong sense of place.


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User comments (31)

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Very good value for money, crisp and very drinkable.

Valerie - 01/07/2020

Outstanding wine for the price. A very nice sauvignon blanc.

Raeone - 24/06/2020

This was one of the nicest wines I have purchased so far. It will be hard to beat this.

Avril - 23/06/2020

This one turned out tops! Great speedy service also.

Colin - 16/06/2020

Great Sav and excellent value.

Douglas - 13/06/2020

Great wine for price

Caroline - 12/06/2020


Gerard - 11/06/2020

We are really enjoying this wine, very easy drinking

Di - 07/06/2020

Very nice sav. Lovely flavour, easy to drink, Enjoying.

Elizabeth - 01/06/2020

This wine totally suits my palate. Absolutely love the flavours & crisp after taste

Veronica - 14/05/2020

Really enjoyed this Sav. lovely fruit pallet

jeanette - 12/05/2020

Excellent wine

Tui - 30/11/2019

Great value, easy drinking

Neville - 21/10/2019

Really nice wine.

Gary - 17/06/2020

Very nice tasting wine at a reasonable price.

Tara - 17/06/2020

Good wine

Dot - 16/06/2020

Pleasantly surprised with this Mystery wine. I have reordered!

Diana - 14/06/2020

Fantastic value for money!

Janina - 13/06/2020

Slightly different when compared to Wairau flavours, but very nice.

Gary - 12/06/2020

A very nice wine

Margaret - 11/06/2020

Very pleasant Sauv Blanc

Bryan - 29/05/2020

Nice and crisp but not acidic. Good wine for the price.

Gillian - 29/04/2020

Crisp refreshing savignon blanc.

Susan - 04/04/2020

not quite as minerally as I though it might be from Upper Awatere. but still a really nice wine

Lesley - 12/01/2020

last two misteries have not been new as indicated but still enjoyed

Les - 21/12/2019

Not as much cut grass flavour as I prefer, but still sharp enough to be appealing

Julie - 14/08/2019

Her indoors loved it. Very good buy!

Martyn - 23/07/2019

Yes was good value - great to offer in 6 SIX bottle lots - would be extremely rare for anyone to purchase in 12 bottle case - especially a Mystery one to boot!! Please offer more of 6 bottle lot Savs - cheers

Terry - 05/07/2019

Nice drop.

Gerard - 01/07/2020

I was expecting a bit more - just an average wine for me

Mike - 13/06/2020

pleasant but modest in character

Tony - 03/07/2019


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