Wine Review: 2012 Stoneleigh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Review: 2012 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand

Planted in close proximity to Marlborough’s main river, the Wairau, this vineyard sits on shallow rock and gravel-exposed soils. The big pebbles, known as sunstones, reflect the sun’s heat to the grapes to create the unique characteristics these wines provide—intense fruitiness.

The 2012 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc is vibrant and zippy with a grapefruit zest and fresh hint of hay. This fruit-forward Marlborough wine would pair perfectly with fish and chicken. Drink now.

Rating: Very Good (87) | $14 | 13.0% ABV

Stoneleigh's gravel-exposed soils

Stoneleigh’s gravel-exposed soils. Phot credit:

Stoneleigh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.

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