2015 Stony Bank Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough SKU #1288497


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Tasting Notes

Leaving behind careers in molecular biology and medicine, Brigid and John Forrest returned to the Wairau River Valley in 1988 to merge their passion for science with their love of wine. Along the way, they've picked up awards and accolades for their structured, rich, aromatic whites and reds. Praise from Raymond Chandler: "From modest beginnings in 1988 when John and Brigid Forrest planted their first vineyard in Renwick, Forrest Wines has grown to be a most significant Marlborough and New Zealand producer. Although the quantities of wine do not rival that of the larger producers, it is the breadth of range that is remarkable. The Forrests are innovators and create their wines to occupy the many niches in the market, the core ‘Forrest’ wines supported by ‘The Doctors’ range of new styles, the Otago ‘TattyBogler’ range, the Gimblett Gravels Newton-Forrest partnership wines, and the top ‘John Forrest Collection’ wines." (11/2016) Stony Bank is their second label, dedicated mostly for export.

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with a twist. It has the classic Grapefruit citrus tones along with riper more tropical notes but the twist comes with minerality. This is not a big grassy Kiwi Sauvy, there are some green notes but this wine is more stone than grass. A wine for almost any occasion its mouthwatering acidity begs for a second and third sip.
  • Jeff Garneau
    By: Jeff Garneau
    K&L Staff Member
    New to K&L with this 2015 vintage, the Stony Bank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is quickly becoming a customer favorite. Hot and dry conditions yielded a delicious wine that combines classic gooseberry notes with more tropical passionfruit and guava. Still very racy and fresh with lively acidity and crisp minerality, this is without a doubt one of our best values in a NZ Sauvignon Blanc.
    Top Value!
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Weather is turning warmer and during these sunny days some of the most quaffable, quenchable, and downright delightful wines to open are NZ Sav Blancs. For those who are missing the Lake Chalice we used to carry worry not, here is Stony Bank to save the day. Classic grapefruit and gooseberry notes with a stony minerality (how could it not) and super refreshing finish, this is one of the best value whites in the store. Weddings, parties, long evenings with friends, this wine goes with them all.
  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    K&L Staff Member
    A thoroughly enjoyable wine, with loads of juicy red grapefruit and minerality. This crispy combination makes a perfect it a perfect wine for just about any summer dish, but I had with Mexican food and it was a match made in heaven. Great price too.
  • Alex Schroeder
    By: Alex Schroeder
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a stellar Sauvignon Blanc! Rich, exotic fruits, lime citrus and orange, with stoney minerality and a long finish. It’s a good thing it costs so little, because I can’t get enough.
  • Stephanie Vidales
    By: Stephanie Vidales
    K&L Staff Member
    This is your classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at a bargain price! Here you'll find a lovely minerality mixed with pineapple, lemongrass, gooseberry and stone fruit flavors while the acidity keeps this wine bright and fresh. This is great to keep in the fridge for weeknight Thai take-out or fish dishes with fresh herbs.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    What a fantastic value for this Sauvignon Blanc from a favorite region in New Zealand. This wine is beautifully balanced with a rich, but not heavy mouthfeel. While it does contain the herbal, vegetal qualities NZ Sauv Blanc is known for, it is subtle here, being accompanied by delicious stone and tropical fruits and bright acidity. This wine is energetic and wonderfully easy drinking. Not to be missed!
    Top Value!


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