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  1. Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016
    $19.98
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    We have been selling New Zealand Pinot Noirs since the 1993 vintage, prior to which we had no idea they even made Pinot Noir in New Zealand.  A Pinot Noir-centric Oregon purveyor went there and hand carried back things like Ata Rangi and Te Mata, and our impression was that this was clearly the start of something significant.  In the roughly quarter century that followed, the Kiwis have established themselves as an important Pinot Noir option in this marketplace.
     
    Back then few had a clear idea of the appellations or general lay of the land, but certain consistent profiles became apparently.  Generally New Zealand Pinots are cooler customers and a bit more savory.  Sometimes they can be downright sharp and green, perhaps just a bit too ‘cool climate’ for our tastes.  But the best examples have a more pronounced fruit core and more rounded edges, but still present their fruit in a more restrained, lifted, cooler-edged manner.  It is the ones that hit that happy medium of bright mulberry and dark cherry fruit with enough palate tenderness to give them a broader audience that really present viable and distinctive options for Pinot fans.
     
    The best examples play to that, and Hillersden is a new face for us that offers a great look at a wine that is reasonably outgoing yet at the same time distinctly New Zealand.  The mulberry, plum and dark cherry fruit has both mineral and savory spice underpinnings, but also possesses a suppler palate-feel and somewhat softer edges to really give a good reckoning of the place without one having to forgive a touch of shrillness far too many have.  The combination in the Hillersden Estate Pinot Noir Marlborough 2016 makes for a compelling drink and the price point is relatively easy on the pocketbook.  In other words, we may have found a new player moving forward but this example certainly delivers.  Their claim is that they are the only family-owned, single estate producer in Wairu.
     
    We had never heard of this producer before but that may have to do with the fact that their history only goes back to 2015.  They are in the upper Wairu Valley, which is a bit further inland and a bit warmer than many of the other Marlborough sites.  This would certainly help make the wine fleshier while still preserving the brightness of the flavors.  Winemaker Adam Kubrock actually grew up in Walla Walla and made Syrah and other reds but became enchanted with the cool climate winemaking Down Under.  This Pinot sees 10 months in 25% new French oak and all of the fruit is farmed sustainably.
     
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  2. Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
    WS90
    $14.98
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    90 Points!  Pear, pineapple and ruby grapefruit flavors are vibrant and refreshing, showing purity and intensity on the long, intense finish. Drink now. - Wine Spectator
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  3. Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
    WS90
    $11.98
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    90 Points!  The pear and green apple flavors are succulent, bright and crisp, with plenty of verve from the fresh acidity. Details of matcha tea and lemongrass linger on the finish. - Wine Spectator
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  4. Yealands Sauvignon Blanc Single Vineyard Marlborough 2018
    WS90
    WE90
    $18.98
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    90 Points!  Toasted herb and sea salt notes complement the core of vivid pineapple, melon and grapefruit flavors. Concentrated, with vibrant acidity. Drink now. - Wine Spectator
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  5. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Wild Marlborough 2016
    WS93
    JS94
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    94 Points!  This has all the complexity seen in great white wines with plenty of savory influence. Grilled nuts adorn biscuity and flinty lemon and grapefruit pith. The palate has punchy dried-peach and lemon flavors, as well as an appealing, very succulent and carefully layered texture. Drink now. Screw cap. - JamesSuckling.com
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  6. Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc E Block Marlborough 2017
    JS93
    $19.98
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    93 Points!  A very composed and complex style with grassy and herbal accents across restrained limes that deliver a fresh palate with stony minerals, lime juice and light tropical flavors. Tight and tidy. Drink now. Screw cap. - JamesSuckling.com
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  7. Felton Road Pinot Noir Bannockburn Central Otago 2017
    WS96
    $49.98
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    96 Points!  Elegant, fresh and vibrant, this red starts off wonderfully perfumed, with lavender, white pepper and green tea notes that accentuate the purity of the cherry and raspberry flavors. Polished tannins still provide some grip on the finish, where white truffle and forest floor details linger. Drink now through 2032. - Wine Spectator
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  8. Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018
    WS92
    JS92
    $19.98
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    92 Points!  This youthful sauvignon has attractive lime-leaf and fresh-herb aromas with passion fruit and a succulent, fine and fresh lime finish. Immediate enjoyment here. Drink now. Screw cap. - JamesSuckling.com
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  9. Greywacke Pinot Noir Marlborough 2015
    JS95
    $24.98
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    95-96 Points! This has impressive richness and concentration, whereby darker cherries and sweetly spiced earthy nuances run through the nose to an effortless, pillowy palate texture. The tannins here are smartly wrapped around ripe plums and dark cherries. So seamless and long. Drink now to 2025. - James Suckling, jamessuckling.com
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