The 2016 vintage, sourced from Marlborough's southern valleys, is winemaker Peter Jackson's attempt to make a wine that shows the best of the sites from which it comes.
It’s 100% Marlborough, with about 50% of the grapes taken from the winery's own Sound of White Vineyard in the Waihopai Valley. The balance came from other well-loved grower blocks in Fairhall, Rapaura and Spring Creek.
Vinified in steel, the Catalina Sounds SauvBlanc hits only 13% abv and it sells online for about 14 bucks.
This is an amazingly fresh wine, with enough grassy aromas to qualify as a bona fide New Zealand SauvBlanc and set it apart from those of California or the Loire Valley. In addition to the herbal notes, there's a boatload of citrus and wet rocks. In the mouth, the acidity zips, but doesn't rip. Lemons, orange zest, and a bit of lime combine for a mineral-laden trip down Sauvignon Lane. The wine goes down easily, but offers enough acidity to make it food friendly.