2017 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1368303 91 points Vinous

 The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc has a vigorous bouquet of grass clippings and crushed stone, just a hint of white asparagus in the background lending complexity. The taut, linear palate is very well balanced with a fine line of acidity, then fans out towards the finish with crisp Granny Smith and gooseberry notes. Excellent. (NM)  (11/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Honeysuckle, peach cobbler and Key lime pie notes are aromatic, lush and expressive, set on a crisp, sleek frame, with plenty of juiciness and refreshment, finishing with a dash of grapefruit zest. *Best Values* (MW)  (5/2018)

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By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/17/2019 | Send Email
Crafted by former Kim Crawford winemaker Matt large, this is a more restrained and elegant style of NZ Sauv Blanc. On the nose are subtle tropical fruit notes as well as vibrant citrus and a whisper of flint. Crisp on the palate with citrus notes and good acidity with a thread of salinity running through it. Terrific wine, even more so when you consider the price.
Top Value!

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/11/2019 | Send Email
As classic as can be, Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc is a great grab at this price. Tropical and grassy and couldn't be better for Spring libations. It's far too easy to finish a bottle of this stuff, mostly since the fantastic acid is incredibly refreshing to the palate, making every drink feel like your first.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2019 | Send Email
This is indeed a most complex and refreshing "best buy" wine! I was particularly impressed by this Kiwi white on account of its demure nature. At first whiff it seems somewhat reticent but with a little coaxing you start to notice that this wine packs quite a varied personality. While you get some of the tell-tale grapefruit and citrus notes, it’s the herbal, Thai basil notes that really caught my attention. Like music, I prefer wines that take a little paying attention to in order to find out their many hidden charms.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/10/2019 | Send Email
With very vibrant acidity, fantastic citrus notes and a subtle chalky finish, the Wither Hills delivers a fantastic Sauvignon blanc at an outstanding price point under 15 dollars. I definitely enjoyed myself when I first got to try this, and only wish I had some oysters with me while I did so. Definitely a bottle for the Kiwi wine lover, and any fan of sauvignon blanc to check out.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2019 | Send Email
A classic take on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Guava and grapefruit dominate, while fresh gooseberry and river stone round out the back. Incredibly refreshing and, though it's easy to drink, it doesn't lack interest or complexity. Minerals and flint add complexity that exceeds this wine very modest price point. Anyone after a super delicious, Marlborough benchmark Savvy should make sure to get a bottle of this.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2019 | Send Email
Wither Hills is such a tropically fruity Sauv Blanc! Big citrus notes of lime and zesty grapefruit meld with passion fruit and guava, grounded by a slight earthiness. The palate has a lovely acidic zip, making this quite a mouthwatering summer drinker. This wine is vibrant from the start right on into its chalky, minerally finish. It's so easy to drink that you'll be pouring a second glass before you know it.

By: Adam Winkel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/5/2018 | Send Email
A pleasant sipper, this Sauvignon Blanc has the requisite grassy and citric notes with the fun NZ jalapeno zest. But it's not about the sweet, up-front intensity that other NZ bottlings often commonly display. Rather this bottle is a more elegant rendition that shows its quality with a gently lingering persistence.
Top Value!

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.