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, 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%

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