Lot 912 2022 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

A Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc that satisfies the insatiable demand for the zesty, piquant style of Sauvignon Blanc that New Zealand helped to pioneer.

As you might have heard, there’s been a shortage of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on the international market. This is due to a couple of low-yielding vintages (particularly in New Zealand’s Sauvignon capital, Marlborough) combined with an insatiable demand for the zesty, piquant style of Sauvignon Blanc that New Zealand helped to pioneer.

If you’ve been feeling the Sauvignon pinch, Lot 912 is coming to the rescue. This New Zealand white comes from a multi-decade, certified sustainable producer who farms some of the best vineyard sites in the country, combining Old World/European winemaking techniques with ultra-modern style. What’s more, it also comes from a 2020 vintage whose Sauvignons Decanter lauded as punching “above their weight (some well above) in terms of concentration, purity, balance and complexity.”

That certainly describes Lot 912! Zesty to the core, yet also rounded and smooth on entry, this is an exuberant white that effortlessly combines flamboyant aromas of fresh herbs, grapefruit, starfruit, and lemongrass with exotic tropical fruit and citrus flavors—all lingering for what seems like forever on an expressive finish. It’s exactly what NZ Sauvignon fans have been missing during the international shortage, so grab it while you can.

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting of this Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Video Highlights:

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:12 Lot 912 Info
  • 00:30 Wine Color
  • 00:44 The Nose
  • 01:18 The Taste
  • 01:55 Enjoyment
  • 02:04 Pairing

Video Transcript:

Katy Long
Hello. Welcome back to the CH Wine tasting room. I’m Katy Long, and today I have lot 912. This beauty is your quintessential New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. For those of you who know, you know, Sauvignon Blanc is an oak. Fresh, grassy or basis and so satisfying. And this wine delivers on all those points. Look at that. Beautiful. Just lemon green color.

It has star bright clarity. I mean, it’s pretty to look at. Not that you’re going to be spending too much time looking at it for sure. Wow. For those of us who like Sauvignon Blanc, there is good reason for it. It is pronounced on the nose. It delivers grassy gooseberry, some might say lemongrass and or baseness. That is really just so fresh.

It almost smells like spring. And that complements the lovely aromas of citrus lemon, maybe even a hint of lime. But then there’s also there’s also this tropical note, this passion fruit, perhaps, maybe even a slightly underbite pineapple. It’s just really pretty on the nose. Let’s give it a taste. Wow. Team, that is a porch pounder. What I mean by that is it’s not necessarily complicated and it doesn’t have to be.

It just delivers pure pleasure in the glass. That roundness of the Mano proteins. Technical term, it is just really nice to balance. Those are basics and citrusy notes. The finish is slightly mineral, almost a hint of salinity. That sea spray. Wow. It’s fresh. It’s refreshing. This is a wine for everyday enjoyment. And I know that I’m going to get a few of these to enjoy whenever the sun is out or even when it’s not.

Pair this with a salad. Goat cheese is a traditional food pairing with Sauvignon Blanc, but it doesn’t need anything. You can enjoy this with friends or by yourself and I encourage you to find all the fun ways that this wine fits into your cellar. So tell me about it in the comments. And until then, cheers.