New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are almost built for the hottest of the hot summer months. We love them poolside, on the beach, pretty much near any body of water on a sunny day. And many of these wines hover around the same price and quality, in our opinion.
As we’re entering the fall months now, some of the water access starts to subside, and the weather isn’t quite as hot (at least in the Atlanta area). I find these wines can be a great way to kick off dinner prep, or just to share with friends and family on their own.
Today we’re going to look at the Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand’s Marlborough region. It checks all the boxes that you want in this style of wine, and then a few more. Costco’s price is $13.99 which is pretty good, considering retail is around $20 and online it sells for around $14-16.
The wine pours a pale to medium yellow in color with lemongrass, citrus, and grapefruit aromas on the nose; signature Marlborough acidity right when it hits the mouth; medium in body with peach, orange, pineapple flavors; a nice tarty finish.
This is a really nice New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is worth the step up from the likes of Nobilo and Brancott (both of which we scored 87 points the last time we reviewed here). If you like either of those wines or the Kirkland Ti Point (also scored 87) than you really like this one.
This is definitely one of the more elegant wines from the region that we’ve tasted in recent memory. And it seems to make regular appearances in Costco stores around us, so hopefully you are able to find it if it sounds like the type of wine you might enjoy.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 430006
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Wednesday 16th of September 2020
A group of friends and I traveled to Tasmania and Australia a couple of years ago. We all fell in love with all the local Tasmanian Sauvignon Blanc wines we purchased...never found one we didn’t like! My favorite was a Josef we had at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania...the best I’ve ever tasted! The Australian Sauvignon Blanc weren’t quite the same. After returning home, I tried several different SB’s from Costco, Trader Joe’s and whoever I could find them. (Several were poured down the drain!) I’m not a fan of New Zealand/Marlboro ones...too acidic. So I’m still on the hunt for a really good one; guess I will try this one. Thanks for the review.