Whitehaven Wine Company was established in 1994 by majority shareholders, Greg and Sue White, and winemaker, Simon Waghorn. For Greg and Sue, the move to Marlborough was a classic lifestyle change after careers spent in financial markets and marketing. For Simon, the motivation was the pursuit of quality winemaking within a company structure where he could share in the success of his efforts.
My favorite Sauvignon Blanc! Bursting with vibrant grapefruit with a mineral bite. Excellent!
I have tasted this wine in Chinois Santa Monica and really enjoyed it. It is the best Marlborough 2009 I have tried so far. In my opinion the taste is a combination of currant, green apple, light fruits and some herbs tones.
External Reviews for Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough
With 75,000 cases of this wine now coming to the U.S., it has to be one of the more ubiquitous New Zealand offerings. Thankfully, the quality is very good, with ripe nectarine aromas and flavors touched by just a slight varietally correct grassiness. Long and mouthwatering on the finish.
Bright, pale straw. Knockout nose combines lemon, lime, pear, melon, flowers, licorice and jalapeno, with a spicy ginger quality emerging with air. Then deep and fresh on the palate, with juicy pineapple and grapefruit flavors complicated by a hint of crystallized citrus peel. There's an element of varietally typical herbaceousness but this wine is ripe, balanced and long.
Bright, pale yellow. Slightly high-toned aromas of gooseberry, jalapeno and kiwi. Juicy and tactile, with pungent, rather uncompromising sauvignon flavors of citrus peel and pepper. The dusty finishing flavors of spice and jalapeno have real bite. Not for the fainthearted, but this rather extreme style of sauvignon does not lack for sweetness of fruit.
Racy style offers pear and black pepper aromas and flavors, finishing with a tart edge. Drink now.
This full-flavored, medium-bodied wine is a must try! It offers up lime peel and gooseberry with a hint of herbs in the glass. In the mouth, it bursts with currant and ripe citrus, followed up by more gooseberry. It has a nice, clean finish that is quite refreshing. Wonderful for sipping in the warm summer days!
Intense passion fruit and citrus aromas blast from the glass, leaving no doubt about the intensity. Thankfully, it's harmonious as well, blending ripe notes of melon and fig with strident citrus flavors and a hint of jalapeño on the finish.
Winemaker Simon Waghorn has been able to maintain this brand's quality even as production has ramped up to 100,000 cases, a remarkable feat. The 2008 features ripe, tropical fruit aromas of guava and pineapple that morph easily into flavors of nectarine and fig; expect some herbal notes to emerge by the time it reaches consumers. It's plump in the mouth, yet finishes with a mouthwatering, clean, crisp finish.