Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2022


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New Zealand




100% Sauvignon Blanc




95 Points/Gold Medal: Sam Kim; Wine Orbit, Gold Medal; Dish Magazine 2022, Gold Medal; NZ International Wine Show 2022, Top 10 buy in Cuisine Magazine NZ; 5 Stars

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Certified Sustainably Produced

Tasting Notes

Wairau River Sauvignon is a classy, full, yet restrained New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the Sancerre style, which comes from Phil and Chris Rose beautiful vineyards in Rapaura, Marlborough. The 2022 vintage is stunning and has won 3 Gold Medals! The reviews below say it all. We think that this Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc stands out as refined and elegant, with intense grapefruit aromas with light tropical fruit hints. It has expressive flavours of stone fruits, grapefruit with tropical hints mid palate and a lovely purity. There are flinty, mineral hints here too. A crisp, yet smooth Sauvignon Blanc, which is expressive, nicely structured and very long. it is great for all occasions.


2022 Vintage

“Our judges’ jaws dropped with every sip of this dry, incredibly concentrated style bursting with crystalline complexity, grapefruit and capiscum notes which elevated it to epic heights, generosity and flow. Truly stunning from a challenging vintage.”  Gold Medal & Top wine of 12 Sauvignon Blancs in Dish Magazine NZ Tasting including Saint Clair and Yealands.

“Intensely aromatic and deliciously expressed. The fragrant bouquet shows passion fruit, kaffir lime leading to a powerfully flavoursome palate offering terrific fruit purity and persistence. Gorgeously appealing and highly enjoyable.”  Sam Kim, Wine Orbit 95 Points/5 Stars

“Intensely aromatic with passion fruit, Granny Smith apples and some complexity. It’s juicy and lingering with loads of delectable flavours.” Top 50 NZ Wine Tasting – New World Wine Awards – 95 Points


2021 Vintage

“Georgeous expression… and intensely powerful…with outstanding concentration. 94 Points: 5 Stars:” Sam Kim – Wine Orbit NZ (wine judge and critic)

About the Producer

Phil and Chris Rose were pioneers in the late 1970s when they planted the Vineyards near the banks of the beautiful braided Wairau River. (Wairau is Maori for ‘many waters’). Originally they grew grapes for other producers, like Cloudy Bay. In 1991 they decided to produce their own wine and started more extensive planting, building a winery in 2002. Today, they are joined by 5 children and extended family, making this one of the foremost 100% family owned vineyards, with some of the most mature vineyards, in Marlborough. The land bordering Wairau River is at the foot of the Richmond Range of hills; it enjoys long warm days and cold nights providing favourable conditions for growing quality grapes. Their wines are elegant and subtle.

About the vintage

2022 harvest in Marlborough was another roller-coaster year, following two drought years and light crops there was a temptation to maximise 2022 harvest to replenish stocks.  But labour shortages due to closed borders continued to cause challenges for the industry

It was warm and fairly dry from October through to December providing good conditions for budding and flowering. However, an unusually cold and wet February threatened to create disease issues in the vineyards shortly after fruit set; it was instrumental in delaying ripening. Late February through to the end of March saw a dry and warm period which was welcomed as it provided conditions for optimal ripening and although the harvest was later than usual in 2022, the crop levels were up on 2021 and quality was excellent. The biggest challenge most growers faced was labour shortages, due not only to closed borders but Covid Omicron which was rampant in New Zealand at harvest time. However, the Rose family were successful in achieving an outstanding harvest as this Gold Medal winning Sauvignon Blanc demonstrates.

Check out our competitive price; sells in some Independent Wine Merchants £12.99 – £15.99

Food match: An elegant and poised Aperitif; Great with seafood including grilled Sea Bass, roasted Mediterranean Vegetables, Asparagus, Chicken dishes, fresh Pea Soup.


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