Te Mata Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Te Mata is the oldest legal winery in New Zealand and since 1896 have been making wine off of these precious sites and they own some of the oldest in the game. This wine is drawn from two such estate vineyards.

The first is from the now renown Bridge Pa Triangle which kicked off a land grab in the mid 90s. The whites grown here are known for their consistent quality, delicacy, and intricate aromatics. The second vineyard is from the original plantings immediately surrounding the winery, in the Havelock Hills – some over 120 years old and known for the immense power they are capable of producing.

The balance of the two is outstanding and their estate bottlings have garnered just about the highest praise you can imagine. Jancis Robinson called the estate ‘a national treasure’ while Robert Parker simply deemed it “New Zealand’s greatest winery.” And Decanter called it “New Zealand’s first growth.”

Original price was: $23.00.Current price is: $16.50.

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92 Points, James Suckling

Unsurprisingly, this one keeps getting better and with bigger scores to boot. Last year, Wine Enthusiast gave it a 91-point Editors’ Choice review saying, “Te Mata is a few bucks more than your average New Zealand SB. It’s worth every penny.” That pretty much sums up how I feel about this wine. But this year, a 92 feels even more appropriate. A lot of New Zealand SBs give you the gooseberry and tropical aromatics, but this is a serious Sauvignon Blanc with sophistication, and depth.

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