Ibbotson Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

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Grape Varieties
Sauvignon Blanc
Optimum Drinking
Within 5 years
Wine Style
Intensely herbaceous white with tropical notes
Alcohol by Volume
New Zealand
Style / Colour

Lifted but discreet aromas of passionfruit, melon and blackcurrant combine with a delicious herbaceous character leading to a long mineral finish.

Producer Note

Great things come from small beginnings. In 1978 Neal and Judy Ibbotson were inspired to plant their own small plot of land in in the breathtaking vineyards of Marlborough. Their experience and expertise, combined with an abundance of passion, has led to the creation of some of New Zealand’s best vineyard sites. As pioneers of Marlborough viticulture, they are now joined at the family winery by their three children and are producing world class wines. Senior winemaker Hamish Clark has been a key member of the winemaking team since 2001. He has been awarded ‘Winestate Winemaker of the Year’ in 2017, 2014, 2011 and 2010, and is highly respected in the world of wine.


The fruit is sourced from a selection of vineyards located predominantly in the lower Wairau sub-region. This region is renowned for producing Sauvignon Blanc wines with a heightened expression of flavour. These vineyards are 100% sustainable and the vines are trained using the Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) method. This is the most common training system in the Marlborough region, as it helps to facilitate practices such as leaf removal, shoot removal and cluster thinning. The vines are irrigated during the Spring and Summer months to avoid stress and are carefully monitored to ensure the balance between water stress and vine development is kept at optimal levels. Each vineyard block is harvested at optimum flavour maturity and physiological ripeness.


The grapes were transported to the winery quickly and immediately pressed in order to minimise the skin contact. After cold settling, the juice from each batch was fermented at cool temperatures, in stainless steel tanks with selected yeast strains. Each batch was assessed for quality and only the best components were selected for this premium blend. The wine was made in an unoaked style to preserve the purity of fruit and expressive aromatics.

Tasting Note

Lifted aromas of passionfruit, melon and blackcurrant combine with herbaceous characters. A rich palate of passionfruit and tropical notes is complemented by layers of blackcurrant and green nettle, through to a long mineral finish.

Serving Suggestion

A perfect accompaniment to any fresh seafood.


Sauvignon Blanc 100%

The technical information on this wine is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. This information may be subject to change according to vintage

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Ibbotson Family Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc
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Great Find
04 August 2023  |  Elaine

I discovered this lovely Sauvignon Blanc at a restaurant on a recent break. I was pleased to locate it for sale at Wine Poole, and so ordered some bottles of the same vintage (2022). Very delicious with no headaches induced I don't write in 'wine language' but as a Sauvignon Blanc aficionado, Marlborough in particular. I usually drink Villa Maria or Brancott at around 10 as being about the best available in the supermarkets, but Ibbotson Family SV is worth the extra expense.

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