New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: panel tasting results

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Our experts were unanimous in their praise for the country's service to Sauvignon Blanc - oaked and unoaked - but were split when it came to choosing a favourite region. See the top New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs from our tasting, as featured in the July 2013 issue of Decanter, here...
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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Woollaston Nelson 2012
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Woollaston, Nelson 2012
Decanter average score: 17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Melanie Brown 18 Roger Jones 17 Peter McCombie MW 16.5
A delicate nose with wild flowers, citrus, yuzu and ripe apricots. A creamy texture with a firmacidity, nice minerality and lovely herbaceous and green fruit notes. A tangy finish.
Price £12.99–£15.50 Davis Bell McCraith, Hallgarten Druitt, Novum Wines, Swig
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%

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Woollaston, Nelson 2012
Decanter average score:
17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Melanie Brown 18 Roger Jones 17 Peter McCombie MW 16.5
A delicate nose with wild flowers, citrus, yuzu and ripe apricots. A creamy texture with a firmacidity, nice minerality and lovely herbaceous and green fruit notes. A tangy finish.
Price £12.99–£15.50 Davis Bell McCraith, Hallgarten Druitt, Novum Wines, Swig
Drink 2013–2018
Alc 13.5%

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Full list of Decanter magazine panel tasting results by country and region

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Stanley Estates Awatere Valley Marlborough 2012
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Te Awa Left Field Hawkes Bay 2012
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Woollaston Nelson 2012