(2024) Sited on the famous Jacksons Road in Marlborough alongside neighbours like Cloudy Bay and Allan Scott, Riverby is a different beast: a family-owned and operated vineyard with total control of its own grape production. This Sauvignon comes from an excellent vintage and immediately impresses with its intensity: the nose is a pungent explosion of guava and mango, with elderflower streaking through the aromatic exoticism. In the mouth that tropical fruit juiciness opens the show, but almost instantly a phalanx of lime acidity drives a wedge through the centre, propelling the wine to a lip-smacking, dry finish. There's more than enough fruity extract to coat the palate and withstand the onslaught of the wine's freshness so there is no fruit/acid imbalance. A concentrated, decisive example of Marlborough Sauvignon at its best. Watch the video for more information.