2019 Whitehaven Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Nationally distributed and widely available, this is an exemplary example of Kiwi Sauvignon that could get any newbie off to a good start, or be enjoyed by even the most experienced lovers of the genre.  It is very expressive aromatically without being pungent, just as it is tart without turning sour.  Scents of dried herbs and flavors of limes and lemons are true to type, with just a bit of residual sugar to take the edge off the acidity.  You'll likely notice some tiny bubbles clinging to the interior of your glass, showing a bit of residual CO2 that indicates early bottling to retain freshness and add lift to the flavors.  It worked.  A Double Gold Award winner at the 2020 Toast of the Coast International Wine Competition. 92 Points, Michael Franz, US.

Toast of the Coast is a wine competition and festival produced by the San Diego County Fair. Double Gold Medals are reserved for the finest wines as agreed on unanimously by the assigned three judge panel.