Our Sauvignon Blanc has classic tropical fruit flavours, with a clean and crisp finish.

2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc is the most-widely known wine from the Marlborough region. The first Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in the 1970’s, and since then they have become a revelation in the wine industry, lauded around the world for their refreshing, easy to drink nature. DRIFT Sauvignon Blanc is a classic example of the style, showing ripe tropical fruit balanced with a crisp and elegant finish, which can be enjoyed as an aperitif or matched with fresh seafood. MEMORABLE.

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The Vineyard

The Awatere Valley of Marlborough has a unique character, shaped by strong coastal winds, low rainfall, intense sunshine and cool nights. Vines enduring these conditions produce vibrant, intensely avoured wine with a distinctive mineral character. In all, over 70 individual parcels of Sauvignon Blanc were harvested from the vineyards in this unique region, with fruit sourced predominately from 5 dierent blocks. The 2010 vintage experienced a cool December, which resulted in lower yields than 2009. However, the quality of the fruit benetted, with exceptional balance between avour ripeness and sugar levels.

The Winemaking

The parcels of Sauvignon Blanc fruit were fermented individually, with a long cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks ensuring optimal fruit characteristics were captured and maintained. Post fermentation the wines were racked offine lees and left to settle. After a lengthy blending session to determine the ultimate blend, the wine was stabilised, filtered and bottled.

The Wine

The second release of DRIFT Sauvignon Blanc sees a range of characters resulting from the blended parcels of premium fruit. Distinctive to the Awatere Valley, there are ripe passionfruit with hints of dried herbs and subtle oral notes. These aromas are complimented with mineral and more traditional tropical characters such as guava and green melons. The palate is intense with flavours of passionfruit and lively lemon citrus with a crisp elegant nish.

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  • Michael Southern, Feb 2014

    The Drift Sauvignon Blanc has an aromatic nose of ripe passionfruit, white peaches and lemon grass.  The fruit is perfectly weighted and soft lemon citrus acidity to providing a crisp finish.

  • Ballarat Courier, Jul 2013

    Drift Sauvignon Blanc is a very smart, elegant Marlborough sauvignon blanc. It has all the usual suspets that make the sauvignon blanc from this region so good - tropical fruits with passion fruit, melon and slight hints of citrus.  But it just has a bit of class that is above most others.

  • Jackswine.com.au, 2013

    I tasted Drift Sauvignon Blanc a few months back and it was a standout in my tasting notes. It has been a while in the making but we have finally got some stock and I am over the moon. Drift Sauvignon Blanc is a very smart, elegant Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It has all the usual suspects that make the Sauvignon Blanc so good from the region, tropical fruits with passionfruit, melon and slight hits of citrus, but it just has a bit of class that is above most others. The packaging looks fantastic and your taste buds will not be let down. 93 Points

  • yourwineguy.com.au, 2010

    Drift Sauvignon Blanc is a very elegant example of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and was good for a Gold Medal at the 2010 Sydney International Wine Competition. Showing all the favourite characters that make Sauvignon Blanc so good from Marlborough. Tropical fruits, passionfruit, melon and slight notes of citrus. The Drift Sauvignon has class that is above most others, particularly at this price point. Stylish packaged, this is a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that your taste buds will not regret. 93 Points

  • Blue-Gold Award Winner, Sydney International Wine Competition 2010
  • Neil Hadley MW, Sydney International Wine Competition 2010

    “Quite characterful and well defined. The wine has good deep fruit. It is juicy and ripe with a dry herbal finish and very good length and it’s fine with the food too.”