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NZ Sauvignons - 2008 marathon
5 Jan 2009 by Julia Harding MW
Here's something brisk for the new year - an in-depth look at last year's crop of NZ Sauvignons. Tasting a large number of varietal wines from the same country and the same vintage is always a strenuous exercise - mainly in trying not to use the same descriptors over and over again. And 75 New Zealand 2008 Sauvignon Blancs presented a particular challenge. I'm not saying there isn't significant variation in flavours, style and quality, within as well as between regions, but - especially in this big, on the whole not terribly exciting, vintage - there's rather a lot of overlap, especially among the less expensive wines....

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