Stoneleigh Latitude Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

‘Marlborough in a glass’, I jotted down, after tasting this great value wine. Estate-grown in Pernod Ricard NZ’s vineyards in the ‘Golden Mile’, which lines Rapaura Road, on the north side of the Wairau Valley, it was deliberately crafted as a ‘full-on’ style with ‘big aromatics’ – and delivers the goods.

Harvested from mature, 15 to 31 year-old vines, mostly in the original Stoneleigh Vineyard, it was mainly tank-fermented, but 25 per cent of the blend was fermented in seasoned oak cuves, to add ‘palate weight and texture’. Bright, light lemon/green, it is mouthfilling and vibrantly fruity, with deep, ripe tropical fruit flavours, finely balanced acidity and a rich, basically dry (4.9 grams/litre residual sugar) finish. Already delicious, this punchy, youthful, very harmonious wine is likely to be at its best from mid-2021 onwards.