Fashion Quarterly, October 2011, Rebecca Gibb
Apple and vanilla custard flavours with a splash of finesse most sparkling savs can only dream of.
Decanter Magazine UK, May 2010, Steven Spurrier, Best New World Sparkler
Tired of Marlborough Sauvignon? Try the bottle-fermented sparkling version: white fruits and elderflower, with the grape's harshness lost in the bubbles, which last into the second glass.
Your Home & Garden, May 2010, Bob Campbell MW "Sauv Blanc on Steroids"
Classy bubbles with subtle sauvignon flavours... and more! Sparkling sauvignon for serious occasions.
Listener, Saturday 4th September 2010
Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc here was pioneered by Mount Riley Savee, launched from the 2000 vintage. Fresh, simple, lively and tangy, it was designed as a "fun" wine; a taste of summer". The latest 2009 vintage of Savee has a steady stream of small, fine bubbles, crisp tropical-fruit flavours, showing some yeasty, creamy notes, and a slightly sweet easy-drinking finish
I remember being quite shocked when this wine first appeared on the shelves of the wine shop I was working in back in 2000. Thirteen years on, sparkling sauvignon blancs are everywhere and it's a really popular style. But it all started with this wine, New Zealand's very first sparkling sauvignon blanc. I like it because it's not sweet like many of the commercial examples out there, instead it carries intense, crushed basil, dill and passionfruit flavours which merge with pepper and punchy, sweaty, grassy notes –just gorgeous.