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4th July 2010

Blind River, Sauvignon Blanc 2009, New Zealand
This Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is now in fairly short supply. From the Awatre Valley, it is one of the 'new' style Marlborough Sauvignons, with around 10% barrel fermentation adding an extra complexity. The nose has classic, deep-set aromas of elderflower and mango, with a cut of vivid asparagus greenness and plenty of aromatic fireworks to go round. On the palate this is a decisive wine, with good concentration of those punchy, vibrant, tropical fruit flavours and a piercing clarity. Pithy lemon and grapefruit acidity is nicely integrated, in one of the best New Zealand Sauvignons I've tasted from this vintage. Worth trying to find it if with a hunt around local Oddbins stores. 93/100. £12.99 (£10.39 as part of a mixed case), Oddbins. See all stockists on

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