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

2011 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 vineyards in this unique region, with fruit sourced predominantly from 5 different blocks. After the low-yielding 2010 vintage, 2011 produced good yields with excellent intensity of avour courtesy of healthy winter rains and consistently warm weather in the lead-up to harvest.

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 of fine lees and left to settle. After a lengthy blending session to determine the ultimate blend, the wine was stabilised, ltered and bottled.

The Wine

Distinctive to the Awatere Valley is the highly aromatic nose of ripe passionfruit, white peaches and guava. The palate is intense with avours of passionfruit, ripe green melons and subtle dried herbs with lemon citrus acidity providing a refreshing finish.

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2013
  • 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.


2012
  • 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


2010
  • 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


2009
  • 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.”


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