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Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs of 2021 (under $25)

See the top 8 best Sauvignon Blancs from across New Zealand. Each wine is a Gold winner and, at under $25, there's no reason not give them all a try!

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. Aromatic, filled with intense capsicum and passionfruit flavours, and plenty of fresh, zesty acidity, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a deliciously versatile white wine.

Enjoy one of our best Sauvignon Blanc wines with these food pairings:

With its punchy and upfront flavours with zesty mouthfeel, Sauvignon loves seafood of all kinds, especially mussel fritters, sashimi, smoked salmon and barbeque prawns. The wine can also handle mild spicy food with ease, such as Thai yellow and green curries. The classic Caprese salad of tomato, basil and mozzarella is a must-try with a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

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Guide to Sauvignon Blanc


Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Apricot, citrus, cut grass, fresh herbs, gooseberry, guava, kiwi fruit, lemon blossom, lemon zest, lime, passionfruit, tropical fruit

Special features: Sustainable, vegan-friendly

Judges’ comments: Yealand Wine's Seaview Vineyard, hugging the rugged coastline of the Awatere Valley looking out over the Cook Strait, produces some of the most intensely expressed Sauvignon Blancs in the region. This Champion winner is stacked with passionfruit, feijoa, kaffir lime and sweet basil notes. A great gift, or serve it at a dinner party with pan-fried fish and fresh asparagus.


Brancott Estate Reserve Awatere - Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Apple, citrus, cut grass, fresh herbs, gooseberry, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon zest, nettle, passionfruit

Special features: Sustainable

Judges’ comments: Marlborough's first commercial planting began in 1973 at the famous Brancott Estate, now their wines are globally famous and enjoyed by millions. Brilliantly styled with red capsicum, crunchy apple, exotic lychee and lemon peel aromas, combined with a lively palate offering terrific fruit purity. A perfect partner to steamed mussels with tomato and basil.


Montana Winemakers Series Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Citrus, fresh herbs, grapefruit, guava, kiwi fruit, lime, melon, passionfruit, peach, stone fruit

Special features: Sustainable

Judges’ comments: This is just the ticket for Sauvignon lovers, delivering all the familiar juicy flavours with a delightful citrusy tang. Upfront and punchy, the inviting bouquet shows kiwifruit, jalapeno, green rock melon and lime zest notes, combined with a powerfully expressed palate offering fabulous intensity. Imagine yourself at a beach, sand between your toes, eating your favourite seafood platter.


Seifried Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Nelson

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Fresh herbs, gooseberry, guava, kiwi fruit, lemon blossom, lemon zest, nettle, passionfruit, rock melon, tropical fruit

Special features: Sustainable, vegan-friendly

Judges’ comments: Their story began in the early '70s when Austrian-born Hermann Seifried and his Kiwi wife Agnes hand-planted vines in sunny Nelson, now a powerhouse in the region successfully run alongside their three children. Showing lifted aromas of passionfruit, snow pea and apricot, this is mouth-filling and texturally satisfying with bright fruit intensity and lively mouthfeel.


Summerhouse Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Apple, citrus, cut grass, fresh herbs, grapefruit, lemon blossom, lemon zest, lime

Special features:

Judges’ comments: This fun-loving Sauvignon's tasty fruit flavours twinkletoe around your palate. Offering nectarine, grapefruit, green apple and citrus peel notes, combined with an intensely flavoured palate displaying terrific focus and length. This would be irresistibly good with freshly shucked oysters or seared scallops with creamy cauliflower purée. Bring on summer!


Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: $15 to $20

Key flavours: Citrus, fresh herbs, gooseberry, kiwi fruit, lemon blossom, lemon zest, lime, passionfruit, peach, stone fruit

Special features: Sustainable, vegan-friendly

Judges’ comments: This consistently outstanding label is brilliantly styled by the award-winning winemaker David Clouston, who combines grapes from both Wairau and Awatere Valleys to make Sauvignon in perfect harmony. Ripe gooseberry, nectarine and lime cordial notes with an exuberant finish will brilliantly match velvety goat's cheese on crunchy crostini.


Wairau River Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Marlborough

Style: Dry White Wine

Price: Under $15

Key flavours: Apricot, gooseberry, guava, lemon blossoming, lemon zest, lime, nettle, passionfruit, tropical fruit

Special features: Sustainable

Judges’ comments: One of the pioneering grape growers and winemakers in Marlborough, the Rose family have built their reputation by consistently delivering quality, reliability and value with their wide-ranging wine selection. This classic example offers tropical fruit intensity and just the right amount of elegant herbal infusion with a bright zesty edge. Just imagine it with thick, creamy seafood chowder.

Super Sauvignon Blanc

Heading to a summer BBQ or a slightly more formal get-together? Choosing a Sauvignon Blanc with a gold medal on the label tells you you’re picking an incredible wine.

The New World Wine Awards can help you find tasty examples of varieties you know and love, or give you confidence to try a different top drop.

Want to find more award-winning wines for under $25 a bottle? Take a look at our pick of the best New Zealand wines of 2021. Or, use our wine finder tool to search for a wine that takes your fancy.

Ready to try some award-winning New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc? All of our Gold medal-winners are available online now from your local New World. 

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Jim Harre - about the author

After studying viticulture and winemaking at Hawkes Bay’s Eastern Institute of Technology, Jim worked several vintages, both in New Zealand and Internationally as a winemaker. 

Identified as having a very good palate for quality assessment of wine, Jim has been a major part of New Zealand’s Wine Judging competitions for over 25 years. Now a well respected International Judge, he works as a Chair of Judges in Wine Competitions in USA, Japan, China, Australia and, of course, New Zealand. 

He is also regarded as a world authority on the effect of how wine perception changes in aircraft, a panel chair at the world’s largest competition; the International Wine Challenge, held each year in London; as well as Wine Consultant to Air New Zealand.

It is Jim’s love of education and teaching people about wine that makes him one of New Zealand’s most recognised Wine professionals.