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Brightwater Lord Rutherford Barrique Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Nelson, NZD $30

Lord Rutherford is Brightwater’s flagship sauvignon blanc. This is the first year, according to my records, that Brightwater have produced unoaked and oaked versions in tandem. Both are ripe, concentrated and appealing but my top score goes to the ‘Barrique’ label, which seems to have a slightly richer texture and had gained oak flavour without too much compromise to the wine’s attractive fruit. (Screwcap)

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view Bob’s original tasting

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: now to 2021

Food: Fish and chips, CO2 batter, sauce gribiche, atomised vinegar

Stockists: Brightwater Wines (NZ & AU)

Ranked #17 of 168 2016 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand

Price Benchmark: NZD $26.83 Avg 95pt 2016 Sauvignon Blanc tasted from New Zealand

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