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"A serious Sauvignon" Bob Campbell, MW

"An impressively styled Sauvignon from hand-picked grapes grown in the Awatere Valley" Wine Orbit

Great as an aperitif or with grilled shellfish, fish or fresh seafood

Mystery Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (25)

Member rating / 18
Elsewhere $29.99 $26.08

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Mystery Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (25)

Mystery Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018 (25)

Member rating / 18
This is an impressively styled sauvignon from hand-picked grapes grown in the Awatere Valley...
Elsewhere $29.99 $26.08


Awarded 95/100 Points & 5 Stars

Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2019

Awarded 18.5/20 Points & 5 Stars

Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Nov 2018

Awarded 94/100 Points & 4 Stars

Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Aug 2020

Awarded 93/100 Points

Cameron Douglas, Master Sommelier, 2018

Awarded 92/100 Points

James Suckling


  • Dry Style
  • Nectarine
  • Citrus
  • Crisp finish

"Last tasted nearly two years ago, the wine has matured nicely with more weight, a silkier texture and better flavour integration. A serious sauvignon with gooseberry, green capsicum and restrained passionfruit flavours" Bob Campbell, Master of Wine, Real Review, Aug 2020

"This is an impressively styled sauvignon from hand-picked grapes grown in the Awatere Valley. The elegantly lifted bouquet shows nectarine, grapefruit, lemon peel and sweet basil aromas with a touch of oatmeal complexity. It is superbly concentrated and persistent on the palate with outstanding depth and intensity, wonderfully structured by firm acidity. Beautifully poised and flowing to a stunning linear finish. At its best: now to 2024" Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, May 2019

"Bright, pale straw-yellow colour with some depth, lighter on the rim. The nose is beautifully refined with elegantly concentrated aromas of pungent passionfruit along with an amalgam of soft fresh herbs and tropical fruits unfolding white florals and saline, chalky mineral detail. This has finesse and purity of expression. Dry to taste and medium-full bodied, the palate has a concentrated core of deeply packed pungent passionfruit flavours melded with herbs and tropical fruits and a layering of chalky, mouthwatering minerals. The wine flows along a light-textured, fine phenolic line with fresh and racy background acidity enlivening the mouthfeel. The wine carries to a lingering finish of passionfruit and minerals. This is a refined, but concentrated, passionfruity and minerally Sauvignon Blanc with clarity and purity on a fine-textured palate with a refreshing mouthfeel. Match with Pacific Rim cuisine over the next 2+ years" Candice Chow, Raymond Chan Wine Reviews, Nov 2018

"The intensity and concentration here is striking with a rich, lemon-cream, lime and green passion-fruit core that delivers such long and focused style on the finish" James Suckling

Pungent aromatics of citrus, nectarine and florals with nettle and fennel notes adding intrigue and complexity. The palate is crisp and textural with impressions of stone fruit, lime, and wet rock. This wine possesses classic Awatere minerality, concentrated fruit, and a long crisp refreshing finish.

The 2017/2018 growing season was characterised by a hot, dry summer, with healthy looking canopies and slightly lower than average bunch counts. This was followed by an extremely wet February, and then more sun in March. Flavours developed well during the warm months and so harvest started early.

The fruit was handpicked on the 30th March and 4th April in good condition and at just over 22 Brix. The bunches were tipped to the press without crushing, and gently pressed to tank for settling. The juice was settled for 48 hours before being racked to ferment with light fluffy lees taken. The tanks were inoculated and fermented at 12-14 ºC. Once fermentation had been completed the tanks were topped and left on lees for a further 6 weeks, prior to being racked and sulphured to blend. The blended wine was left on light lees for a further 2 months, before being stabilised, filtered and bottled.

Food Pairing: Great as an aperitif or with food.


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I love a gooseberry underlay and clean citrus flavour. This wine has it all. Price and delivery have been exceptional. Well Done and thank you.

Ron - 18/09/2021

Excellent wine and value thanks

Peter - 07/09/2021

A beautiful Sav. Not the cheapest mystery wine but well worth it!

Richie - 02/09/2021

Wow what a little cracker - very drinkable

Jayne - 30/08/2021

A dry well rounded sauvignon blanc. A good surprise package!

Dianne - 30/08/2021

very nice taste that lingered for quite a while

Dave - 21/08/2021

Another good mystery purchase, went down very well

Julie - 13/09/2021

Some Bordeaux character to a nonetheless unmistakably kiwi SB. Hefty alcohol. Bottle age adds interest. YGWYPF really, but not just another young fresh expression at the price point.

Jon - 11/09/2021

Easy drinking, good value

Laura - 02/09/2021


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