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2018 Mt. Beautiful "12 Barrels" Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury (Elsewhere $28)

SKU #1501933 93 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark On the restrained side, relatively speaking, this white offers attractive aromas of tangerine, lime blossom and honeysuckle, with just a suggestion of oak. The palate harmonizes texture with refreshment, echoing the nose, but adding white spice on the lengthy finish. The oak supports, adding weight, texture and complexity. (CP) Inner quote mark (9/2020)

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Outer quote mark An elegant expression, featuring ripe peach and pear flavors that are round and lush, with fresh acidity and hints of lemongrass on the finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (8/2020)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2021 | Send Email
I was thrilled when we had the opportunity to bring in this totally unique wine from Mt. Beautiful. The estate is widely known for crafting beautiful, mineral-driven Sauvignon Blanc from the Waipara region of New Zealand's South Island. They are excellent counter-points to the explosive, tropical wines of Marlborough and show the breadth and depth of Sauvignon Blanc styles being made in New Zealand today. But the "12 Barrels" is something particularly special. This reserve bottling from Mt. Beautiful is made from the top blocks in their vineyard, and only the best 12 barrels make the cut. The house style of Mt. Beautiful is definitely on display here in elevated form. What I find particularly wonderful is the inclusion of two new French oak barrels in the blend, resulting in hints of passion fruit, tangerine, and wildflower married to both bright, mineral-driven freshness and Bordeaux blanc-inspired richness. Despite the depth of fruit, it is still light and energetic with bright acidity. This is stone-cold delicious. This was originally made only for restaurants, but with conditions as they are, we were able to secure an unbelievable deal. It's not often that you see a winery's reserve wine at the same price as it's entry level, but when you do, act quick. After all, there were only 12 barrels of this exquisite Sauvignon Blanc made.

By: Jennifer Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/24/2020 | Send Email
This is a deliciously bright SB from north canterbury in New Zealand. On the nose there are mineral, citrus, tropical fruit notes of pineapple and green apple. The palate has all of these flavors with the added note of viscous golden raisins too. This bordeaux blanc-ish wine from winemaker David Tees is fresh and zippy, which make sit easy to pair with a wide variety of food. I paired it with lobster salad and it was perfect. For the price point it is quite a steal! I'm getting a bottle for all my friends for holiday gifting.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/19/2020 | Send Email
Incredible Sauvignon Blanc. Layered complexity lent by a carefully curated oak treatment offers an extraordinary nuance to this world-class bottle. Elegant and poised with the warmth and roundness of the barrel nicely integrated, this has the classic Waipara flavors pushed into a Bordeaux style body. Less tropically fruit driven than most New Zealand Sauv Blanc with an awesome orange-mango finish. Excellent.

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