(2021) 2020 is shaping up to be a great vintage in the Marlborough region, especially for Sauvingon Blanc, where some winemakers I have spoken to rate it as one of the best harvests of recent times. This is also the best Sauvignon Blanc I have tasted from Allan Scott, and one of the most perfumed and aromatic too. Loads of vivid, scented talcumy tropical fruit leaps from the glass, passion fruit and mango and lychee, florals too with so much fragrance. The palate bursts with similar exotic fruit, nicely pitched acidity, juicy concentrated fruit and great balance into a long finish. Â£9.99 from N.D. John at time of review. Watch the video for more information.
(2020) A little bit of wild ferment in this wine, around 6%. Just a touch of deepening, oily, waxy character, a touch of green bean, a little touch of flint and reductive notes nicely managed. There is a lovely creaminess and punch to this, all salts and minerals, and pithy, keen citrus. Touches of peach, passion fruit even a little quinine/tonic in the finish. Who says Marlborough Sauvignon does not age well? Price and stockist given for the most recent vintage at time of review.
(2020) John thinks this drinks best from 5 - 10 years, so this is the current UK release. Extended lees ageing, and a portion of that is in oak foudre. Still has a bold green colour, but a lovely buttery Brazil nut and creamy, sourdough yeast character, very clean and pure lemon fruit. Creamy texture and great length. No UK retailers listed at time of review.
(2020) Has the touch of lanolin and wax, a clear apple fruit, lots of lime and orange. The combination of ripeness and sweetness and sheerness and clarity of the acidity is excellent. Has 15% of foudre-fermented component, and that adds the texture an the touch of creaminess. 8g/l of residual sugar. No UK stockist listed at time of review.
(2020) From vineyards close to the winery, stony soils, inspired by Johnâ€™s two years in the Loire. Made in 1,000-litre oak foudres from Germany and very old barriques for part of this blend. There is some herbaceous character, some elderflower, but it is tempered and restrained, cool leafy thyme herbs. Super sweet fruit, a lovely nectarine and peach touching on mango, with sheer acidity. Excellent. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Pretty pungent, thiols, elderflower and gooseberry, turns into juicy peach and nectarine on the palate, hinting at mango, a touch of orange to the acidity. Nice. Price and stockist for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2019) There are a bunch of really good Marlborough Sauvignons hovering around that Â£13 to Â£15 pound mark that are dry and more intense than many cheaper variants, and this is one of them. Clean, fresh, only lightly touched by herbaceous blackcurrant leaf and elderflower, more focused on citrus and lemongrass aromas, a touch of lime zest too. In the mouth much more linear and tightly framed than more flamboyant examples, dare I say it, a little more European in style, mouth-watering grapefruit and saline acidity driving the crystaline nature of the wine into a long, savoury finish.
(2014) Wow - like sticking your head into a bowl of freshly podded peas, this has such a blast of herbaceous, pungent vivacious character, with the palate streaking through, slashes of lime and orange and a fabulous zestiness. Model stuff from Yealands Estate, world class, and Marlborough close to its best.
(2011) Fermented in French oak (70%) with wild yeast. Subtle mealiness to this, lovely sense of slightly herby, cabbagey, almost Burgundian aroma. That weird dislocation of place is somewhat dispelled on the palate, as this has the juicy verve of Sauvignon, with the green tones and pith acidity kicking in. Lovely stuff at a good price, and bone dry in the finish.