Wine Review: 2012 Stoneleigh New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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 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

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