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...
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, Lawson’s Dry Hills Reserve Wairau Valley Marlborough 2012
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Lawson’s Dry Hills, Reserve, Wairau Valley, 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
Gooseberry, passion fruit and boxwood waft from the glass, with a touch of freshly cut grass. Fresh and lively with flinty minerality and a citrus and asparagus palate. This wine has great balance and a long, textured finish.
Price £12 First Glass Wine Services
Drink 2013–2017
Alc 13%