Hunter's Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (2021)

Hunter's fame rests on this wine. The goal is 'a strong expression of Marlborough fruit – a bell-clear wine with a mix of tropical and searing gooseberry characters'. The grapes are sourced from numerous sites in the Wairau Valley, all company-owned, and to retain their fresh, vibrant characters they are processed quickly, with some use of indigenous yeasts and lees-aging. The wine is usually at its best between one and two years old. The classy 2021 vintage (4.5*) was mostly handled in tanks, but 5 per cent of the blend was fermented in large French oak casks. Pale and ripely scented, it is full-bodied and sweet-fruited, with impressive intensity of tropical fruit flavours, a touch of complexity, balanced acidity and a long, dry (3 grams/litre of residual sugar) finish. A top year.

Details

Type: White Wines
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2021
Overall Rating for All Vintages Tasted: ★★★★ – 4 Stars
Price: $20 NZD
Sweetness: DRY
Value for Money: V+

Past Vintages:
Vintage: 2021; Winemaker’s Rating: 6/7; When to Drink: 22 – 26
Vintage: 2020; Winemaker’s Rating: 7/7; When to Drink: 22 – 23
Notes: WR provided by wineries. P = Peaked.

Reviewed March 2022

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