2012 Rippon Sauvignon Blanc, Central Otago

( £17.95, 13%, Lea & Sandeman )

If you’re bored of identikit Kiwi Sauvignons that taste as if they’ve emerged from the same enormous tank farm, this complex, Loire Valley-like example from one of Central Otago’s best producers will come as a pleasant respite. The estate is much better known for its superlative Pinot Noirs, but this biodynamic white deserves to be (almost) as famous. Fermented in old oak barrels, it has a mealy undertone to set alongside the flavours of lime, cream, grapefruit and gooseberry. It’s a very subtle number that wouldn’t look out of place in Sancerre, thanks to its chalky, palate-tingling freshness. 

BuyDrinking window: 2013-16Similar Wines: £10-£20, 91-95, New Zealand, White, Sauvignon Blanc
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