Le Cirque Wine Co Kissing Booth Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 2014 $16-$18
This is textbook Marlborough savvy: it smells pungently tropical fruity, with passionfruit, peppermint and confectionery overtones. Soft and smooth, beautifully balanced with no hard acid or greenness in the mouth. Good intensity and drinkability. It ticks all the boxes. (Screw cap; 12.5 per cent alcohol.) Score 92 ★★★★ – view on huonhooke.com
Ageing? Best now to four years.
Food idea: New Zealand mussels mariniere.
Stockists: Camperdown Cellars and Bondi Cellars (NSW); West Brunswick Cellars and Hastings Cellars (Vic.)
Ranked #5 of 31 2014 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from Marlborough
Price Benchmark: $18.00 Avg 92pt 2014 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from New Zealand