Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc 2003
“The 2003 vintage (****) is an auspicious debut. Fresh ripe limey aromas lead into a crisp and lively wine with good weight and mouthfeel and passionfruit/lime flavours showing impressive intensity” (4 stars)
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide to NZ wines 2004
NZs foremost wine authority

“Sauvignon Blanc showing very well, a young and fresh regional style with lots of life and plenty of flavour. No hurry”
Peter Saunders
A guide to NZ wine 2004

“Fruit, cut grass and a herbaceous nose, its pungent racy and rich with chilli pepper gooseberry capsicum, citrus and pineapple building to a lifted pungent finish. A wine with layers of flavour and lots going on” (***** 4 star)
Sue Courtney
August 03

“.. the 2003 Ra Nui Marlborough Wairau Valley Sauvignon Blanc is good. It would taste great with a creamy cheese like brie or goats cheese, where the salt would be a fab contrast. It is bold and assertive with vigorous marlborough character, yet also soft and fresh”
Joelle Thomson - Viva
NZ Herald - Sept 03
  Sauvignon Blanc 2004
“The 2004 is a full bodied wine with very good depth of fresh melon, lime and capsicum flavours together with a lingering, crisp finish” ( **** 4 stars)"
Michael Coopers Buyers Guide to NZ wines 2004
NZ's foremost wine authority

“Lime, apples and gooseberry on the nose, musky with a hint of sweat, gooseberry and lemon grass, then zesty zingy vivaciousness with citrus and ripe apples building to sweet tropical fruit with passionfruit and just a whisper of pineapple. Lovely palate weight and length with long lingering citrus and summer herb flavours. Fresh, pungent and spicy, with a great finish”
Sue Courtney
Wine of the Week

"This is my favourite of all the New Zealand Sauvignons that we carry... ...suffice to say that this concentrated wine is incredibly polished and prefectly balanced. It is superior to what Cloudy Bay is producing... ”

Beekman Wines & Spirits
New Jersey, USA

“Pale, scented, garden-fresh Marlborough wine with herb and ripe-fruit flavours showing good intensity, structure and length” (**** 4 stars)

Cuisine Magazine - January 2005
"Best of the Bunch"
  Sauvignon Blanc 2005
  "Smoky aromas with gooseberry and apple fruit on a peasy background, it’s chock full of gooseberry and lime with a long, pungent citrussy finish and the wine becomes quite vibrant as it lingers…for ages…with a touch of pineapple and lots of summer herbs"
Sue Courtney
Wine of the Week

"…beautiful aromatics, lovely weight and texture…"
Giles Cooke MW
Alliance Wines UK

"…a classic exuberant Marlborough Savvy, bursting with passionfruity, green bean flavour"
Max Allen
The Weekend Australian
  Sauvignon Blanc 2006
  "Like eating sauvignon blanc grapes straight off the vine! This is a softer, fruit sweet style and very grapey. Add to that a grassy herbaceousness and tart gooseberry fruit with an earthy undercurrent and a long bright zesty aftertaste with a hint of pineapple, and you have a very palatable and tasty wine. Highly recommended"
Sue Courtney
Wine of the Week

"An aromatic and stylish Sauvignon Blanc with classic Marlborough passionfruit and red capsicum flavours. I particularly like the wines ethereal texture and lingering finish"
Bob Campbell, Master of Wine
New Zealand

"This (the 2006) is the best yet – intense, concentrated, ripe, soft"
Joelle Thomson
NZ Herald – Viva

"fresh brisk grapefruit peel aromas, very good depth of fruit, zesty on the palate with nice richness, fine structure, dry medium acidity, good balance lively, very focussed perky aftertaste"
Wilfred Wong, Columnist
Cellarmaster - California

"Softly structured the 2006 is a sweet fruited wine with good delicacy and ripe rounded melon/lime flavours, showing excellent weight and texture."
Michael Cooper - Buyers Guide 2007