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, Spy Valley Envoy Southern Valleys Marlborough 2011
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Spy Valley, Envoy, Southern Valleys, Marlborough 2011
Decanter average score:
17pts/20 (90/100pts)
Individual judges’ scores: Melanie Brown 17 Roger Jones 19 Peter McCombie MW 15
Sweet brioche on the nose, toasty, slight perfume and a hint of smoky-bacon crisps. A lingering texture that evolves on the palate with caramelised pears and crème anglaise. This goes on and on and has great ageing potential.
Price POA Aged In Oak, Bibendum
Drink 2013–2019
Alc 13.5%