SPOKE 'Awatere' Sauvignon Blanc
Matthew Jukes: “It is simply thrilling quality and mind-boggling value for money… an unmissable treat. Kiwi winemaker Ben Glover and English Master of Wine Liam Steevenson have collaborated on a series of incredible wines under the SPOKE label. I tasted the range the other day; it is an absolute tour de force. If I were you, I would buy all of these SPOKE creations, including my featured bottle, and host a Marlborough masterclass with your friends. I have led this column with the inexpensive, estate-level wine because it is made with the same care and attention as the pricier models, with the elemental forces of the Awatere coursing through its veins.” Decanter: “If Sancerre or other Loire Sauvignons are more your style, give this great value wine a try. From Awatere Valley fruit, it exudes green melon, jalapeno and crunchy nectarine flavours and lip-smackingly zingy acidity. The barrel-fermented Resolute is also delicious.” 91 points. Jamie Goode: “This is bright and focused with a crisp grapefruit and lime character, as well as some pretty passionfruit notes in the background. There’s a hint of green here, too: delicate and fine, with some tomato leaf. Such purity and focus to this wine. Benchmark.” 92 points. James Suckling: "There are lemon undertones to the peachy and tropical nose. Medium-bodied with silky texture. Succinct and restrained with mineral notes accompanying the fresh tropical fruit. Vegan. Drink now. Screw cap." 91 points.