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, Kim Crawford SP Spitfire Marlborough 2012
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Kim Crawford, SP Spitfire, Marlborough 2012
Decanter average score:
17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Melanie Brown 17.5 Roger Jones 16.5 Peter McCombie MW 17.5
Aromas of capsicum, elderflower, passion fruit and nuances of lime skin. The palate is almost spicy with a touch of gooseberry and has great depth and liveliness. A juicy finish.
Price £14.99 Widely available via Liberty Wines
Drink 2013–2015
Alc 12.5%

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