By April 30, 2020 Read More →


It’s here, one of our favorite days of the year at PLANET GRAPE WINE REVIEW, Sauvignon Blanc Day! To kick off the celebration, New Zealand’s US Brand Ambassador extraordinaire David Strada personally delivered a meal box of baby shrimp iceberg wedge salad with green goddess dressing, Hake chowder and Salmon with black lentils and carrots from Chef Parke Ulrich of Waterbar, Epic Steak, and Mersea on Treasure Island. In non-pandemic times we would meet on the isle at Mersea to share this meal and taste wines together. Our plating skills are not like those of a chef so there are no images of the delicious meal, but we do have lots of wine reviews to share. Here are our top picks for #SauvBlancDay 2020!


nv Bonterra Sauvignon Blanc California 1.5 Liter “On Demand” Box $23
Soft, juicy, fresh and dry with notes of apricot, peach, hay, spring pea, chive and lemongrass. Certified Organic.


2018 Cannonball Eleven Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley Sonoma California $24.99
Full, silky and dry with underlying peach skin texture and notes of pink grapefruit, apricot, pineapple and white rose.


2019 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough  $21.99
Mid-weight, crisp, zingy and dry with notes of mango, pineapple, celery, basil and oregano.


2018 Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc Kekerengu Coast Marlborough $24.99
Light, delicate, crisp and bone dry with notes of lemon, lime, green apple, dried pineapple, ginger, spring pea and fennel.


2019 Dashwood by Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $15
Lively, silky, and sweet-tart with notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, star fruit, fresh basil and spring pea.


2019 Forefathers Sauvignon Blanc Wax Eye Marlborough $22
Light, crisp, vibrant and dry with notes of peach, mango, guava, pineapple, green bell pepper, jasmine and pink peppercorn. Vegan.


2019 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $24.99
Mellow then crisp and racy with notes of pink grapefruit, peach, cantaloupe, violet, chive and sea spray.


2013 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc The Brothers Late Harvest Marlborough $38.99
Intensely sweet, vibrant, balanced and juicy with notes of tangerine, pear, peach, passion fruit and orange blossom.


2019 Nick Goldschmidt Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc Fitzroy Marlborough $18
Supple, light, crisp and dry with notes of pear, apple, peach, lemongrass, hay, coriander and chamomile. Vegan.


2019 Mt. Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury $17.99
Light, tart, bracing and dry with notes of lemon grass, guava, starfruit, almond sliver and honeysuckle.


2019 Vavasour Sauvignon Blanc Awatere Valley Marlborough $18
Vibrant, crisp and bracing with notes of sea spray, lime juice, spring pea and peach puree.


2019 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Private Bin Marlborough $15
Silky, fresh, racy and dry with notes of peach, mango, celery, chive, lemon grass and white rose.


2018 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc Taylor’s Pass Marlborough  $26
Crisp, clean, racy and dry with notes of lemon custard, pink grapefruit, peach and pasilla pepper.


2019 Waipapa Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $14.99
Crisp, clean and dry with notes of tangerine, peach, mango, guava, violet, thyme and basil.


2019 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough $14.99
Crisp, clean and zesty with notes of tangerine, green apple, lemongrass, basil, tarragon and sea salt. Vegan. Sustainable. Carbon Zero.


2019 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Single Estate Seaview Awatere Valley Marlborough  $23.99
Crisp, tart, fresh and bracing with notes of lime, yellow apple, pea, chervil, fresh basil, white pepper and chalky minerality. Vegan. Sustainable. Carbon Zero.


2019 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Single Block S1 Awatere Valley Marlborough $29.99
Zesty, tangy, lean and fresh with notes of apricot, nectarine, green bean, thyme, rosemary and sea spray. Sustainable. Carbon Zero.


2019 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Single Block L5 Awatere Valley Marlborough $29.99
Brisk, lively and showy with notes of mango, guava, yellow and green bell pepper, lemongrass, asparagus and white pepper. Sustainable. Carbon Zero.


2018 Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Winemakers Reserve Awatere Valley Marlborough $54.99
Soft, subtle, creamy and fresh with notes of mandarin, peach, guava and seashell. Sustainable. Carbon Zero.


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