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Loving NZ Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc All over Again

Let’s face it…there are a LOT of Sauvignon Blancs out there from the famous Marlborough region in New Zealand. A few really good ones (but pricey) and then many that are just average at best. I find way too many of them to be very acidic and unbalanced having a very narrow focus on flavor….mainly one dimensional “grapefruit” flavors.

And then steps in the Makara Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and that changes everything for me. Truly outstanding and the best I’ve had that I can recall at its very generous price point. The key is that the fruit is being sourced from two very different Valley’s within Marlborough. This leads to a more complex and balanced wine.

Grapes from the Wairau Valley adds the flavor of passion fruit, gooseberry, grapefruit and very tropical fruits. While the grapes from the Awatere Valley have characteristics resembling the famous Sauv Blancs of Sancerre in style contributing a crispness, and minerality.

Just outstanding! These two valleys combined make the Makara the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc under $20 out there IMO.

2015 Makara Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - $16.99 btl / $14.99 Solid Case

Makara Sauvignon Blanc, offering extraordinary quality at an exceptional value, is sourced from two valleys within the Marlborough wine region, which is renowned the world over for its outstanding flavor characteristics.


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