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Best New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs of 2020 (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.

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Waiata Waipara Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Canterbury
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: $15 to $20
Key flavours: Cut grass, fresh herbs, gooseberry

Judges Comments:

A great example of Waipara Sauvignon Blanc, from just north of Christchurch. Waiata vineyard promotes fruit driven wines and here they deliver in bucket loads. The classic flavours of cool climate Sauvignon, which New Zealand is famous for, are all here. Gooseberry, leafy herbs, green bean sprouts balanced with exquisite crunchy acidity, a real head turner.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season’s asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Alpha Domus Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: $15 to $20
Key flavours: Creamy, cut grass, gooseberry, tropical fruit

Judges Comments:

This Sauvignon Blanc is a wonderful pairing for Thai food, particularly green curries. Enjoy this wine at your local Thai BYO, with a takeaway or with your own Thai cuisine creations. Big, mouth-filling, rich and punchy, still very youthful with the creamy complexity from a small addition of Semillon done very well. The finish is long and balanced.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season’s asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Mount Riley Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: $20 to $25
Key flavours: Gooseberry, grapefruit, guava, passionfruit

Judges Comments:

A late summer’s evening on a West Coast beach, drinking Sauvignon Blanc and eating freshly steamed green-lipped mussels – it has to be New Zealand. From a father, daughter and winemaker son-in-law, here is the essence of Marlborough Sauvignon. Lots of flavour with passionfruit, gooseberry and grapefruit pith, all combining to balance the acid and create a long intense finish.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season’s asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: Under $15
Key flavours: Gooseberry, rock melon

Judges Comments:

Sauvignon Blanc is a special friend to Goat cheese. Whether it's in a goat cheese tart, or goat curd spread thickly on toasted Vogel's or a warm beet salad with Goat cheese, here is a wine that works beautifully. A burst of ripe green rockmelon and a rich palate makes this a very attractive wine, balanced by lots of good fresh zingy acidity.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season's asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Rapaura Springs Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: Under $15
Key flavours: Fresh herbs, gooseberry, passionfruit

Judges Comments:

The perfect gift to say thank you to the team, this versatile and appealing wine will please everyone. Whether using this as a gift or a delicious wine to share with friends over a cheeseboard, it’s pure passionfruit with the beguiling complexity of a touch of struck flint, rich and textural with a long creamy passionfruit finish.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season's asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Villa Maria Cellar Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: Under $15
Key flavours: Fresh herbs, gooseberry, tropical fruit

Judges Comments:

One of New Zealand’s most successful wine companies founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich on a five-hectare plot in Mangere, Auckland. With a strong focus on quality, here is another Gold medal to add to their overflowing trophy cabinet. Brimming with flavours of soft ripe tropical fruits, great balance, texture and a long finish.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season's asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Squawking Magpie Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: $15 to $20
Key flavours: Citrus, gooseberry, lemon blossom

Judges Comments:

Here’s a Sauvignon showing the very ripe flavours of concentrated citrus, lemongrass and Kaffir lime, balanced with crisp acidity and a long textural finish. Sauvignon is a marvellous wine to match with green vegetables like courgettes, fresh peas, artichokes and fresh asparagus. These are all fragrant fresh green vegetables that create the most wonderful risottos.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season’s asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair this wine with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.


Two Rivers Convergence Sauvignon Blanc 2020

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Marlborough
Style: Dry White Wine
Price: $15 to $20
Key flavours: Gooseberry, passionfruit, tropical fruit

Judges Comments:

Two Rivers recognises the importance of the Wairau and Awatere Rivers, which make up the spiritual heart of Marlborough’s wine region. New Zealand has great winemakers and great vineyard sites, and when you get the two of them together magic happens. This year’s Champion Sauvignon Blanc has aromas and flavours of red capsicums and nectarine with a captivating creamy texture. Crisp acidity and great concentration with weight follows through to a long finish.

Pairing Recommendation:

The refreshing acidity is a terrific complement to Vietnamese and Thai, antipasti and pre dinner nibbles, Warm beet salad, goats cheese tart, chips and dips and pizza or pasta. New Zealand green lipped mussels are a spectacular pairing, as are green vegetables, like courgettes, fresh peas and of course new season’s asparagus, which are also great for a picnic or light lunch. Pair with cheeses like mozzarella, feta and goats cheese.

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 2020. 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.