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2017 Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc

Reviews & Accolades


Colour / Appearance: Pale yellow-green, with star bright clarity.

Aroma / Bouquet: Lifted “riper green” aromas of blackcurrant leaf, nettle, and jalapeño. There are also notes of grapefruit, guava, and passionfruit.

This is a medium bodied wine with finely balanced acidity, and bursting with fragrant fruit flavours that persist on the long, clean, crisp finish.

We recommend drinking our 2017 Sauvignon Blanc while it is young and fresh, however the wine is capable of developing nicely over the next three to five years if carefully cellared.

Food Match: 
This wine is a perfect accompaniment to summer salads, poultry and shellfish, such as Marlborough’s famous green-lipped mussels. Also try it with lobster and white fish.


  • GOLD - MUNDUS VINI Spring Tasting 2018
  • 94 POINTS - Wine Review Online "Beautifully Balanced"
  • 5 STARS - Sam Kim
  • GOLD - Royal Easter Show
  • MOST POURED BY THE GLASS NZ WINE - Wine & Spirits Magazine April
  • 92+ POINTS - Toronto Star

Alcohol: 13.0
Residual Sugar: 4.0
Titratable Acidity: 7.1
pH: 3.30


Harvest Date: 30th March – 22nd April 2017

Climate: The budburst timing was slightly later than normal and the vines experienced typical spring like conditions of variable temperatures, winds and rain. Early varieties, such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, flowered in cooler conditions leading to smaller yields. Other varieties had warm, dry conditions over flowering, resulting in healthy crop levels. In mid-December, the weather became warm and dry. January was notable for strong winds that parched the landscape. The later part of the season recorded lower sunshine hours, resulting in delayed sugar ripeness and a later start to harvest.

Vine Management: 
Vines are trained to three or four canes on a vertical trellis. Balanced pruning, shoot thinning, tucking and trimming are used to achieve an open, healthy canopy and clean fruit.


The fruit was machine harvested in cool evening conditions, and pressed immediately with minimal skin contact. After settling, the clear juice was fermented at very low temperatures with selected yeast strains to preserve the inherent varietal flavours. The wine was fermented entirely in stainless steel.

Sam Smail and Diana Katardzhieva

Bob Campbell, 92/100 pts, Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Delicate, tangy sauvignon blanc with gooseberry, lemongrass, and capsicum flavours, plus a hint of tropical fruits. Lovely purity and good varietal definition.
Creators Syndicate, Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017
From the first whiff, this is obviously a Marlborough sauvignon blanc. The initial impression is pungent lemongrass that gives way through aeration to lovely citrus notes of lemon and lime, followed by gooseberry after a bit more air. Crisp and refreshing, it is beautifully balanced and a classic New Zealand sauvignon. It was a platinum award winner at the 2018 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition. Rating: 94.
Toronto Star, Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc 2017

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