Nga Waka ‘Martinborough’ Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Grape Varietal: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Growing Region: Martinborough - New Zealand
Founder / Winemaker: Roger Parkinson


If you appreciate dexterous white wine with good acid structure, dynamic mouth feel and a crisp dry finish - then this wine could be your next purchase. Martinborough wines are for many a wonderful mystery for their taste buds still to explore. This Sauvignon Blanc is a charming, chilled introduction. Wine enthusiasts around the globe have had their senses invigorated by the classic vibrant expressions of South Island New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for nearly 40 years. But for those less-troubled, more contemplative occasions, plus needing a wine for deftly seasoned varied light cuisine, look no further.
This Martinborough expression has a true regional character that will reward the most serious of Savvy drinkers. There are wines that reflect not only the growing season, the vineyard site, but also have a varietal typicity and are such a pleasure to sip, savour and share. As with all of Rogers’ wines, thoughtful, deft winemaking choices have lightly guided these grapes to the glass - (these were Roger’s own words, I didn’t ask him to say this).
The fruit came from the Pirinoa Block vineyard which is just a short distance from the winery. When Roger is happy with the flavour profile across the vineyard it is time to harvest, and controlled vinification in tank. Roger likes to leave this wine in tank on its gross lees for a few months, which builds a touch of creaminess in the mid palate and preserves freshness via the oxygen-scavenging nature of the lees. Roger crafts wines that express structure, texture, balance and have a wonderful ability to age.

An enticing bouquet of ripe gooseberries, passion-fruit and capsicum notes are nicely detailed by a fine mineral nuance. The energised palate has a textural nature, which is kept elevated by the animated fruit acidity and sharp mineral seam. This vibrantly agile wine has a confidence and persistence across the taste-buds, and a regional nature showcasing lime zest and subtle tropical fruit flavours balancing the grapes natural level of fruit acidity. A detailed style with charisma and a classic dry finish.

This 2022 Nga Waka ‘Martinborough’ Sauvignon Blanc has 13% Alc./vol. Made in a classic dry style. Chill gently and serve in a light, aromatic wine glass at 8°- 10°C. *NZ$25.99

A thought-provoking Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc with a dynamic personality.

CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 20/1/23)
Drinking perfectly this summer season; plus can mature nicely for another 5 - 6 years.

Perfect wine pairing with baked or bbq’d whole or fillet fish with a herb-crusted skin served on risotto, lightly seasoned seafood dishes, seared tuna or salmon steaks, tempura sushi, pesto pasta, and varied vegetarian cuisine - enjoy.


more wine reviews