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First Pair – Great Value Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough £12 Silver pale, floral, white summer fruits, refreshing acidity, well-made wine 16.75 Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Domaine de la Renaudie Touraine £12.50 Fresh pale yellow, riper fruit and more vineyard expression, good length and balance 17 Second Pair – Award-Winning Cause & Effect Barrel Fermented 2017 Marlborough £17.99 Fine lemon/yellow, ripe but still tight, florality coming through, good, needs time 17.25 Cuvee Exceptionelle 2017 Domaine Benjamin Delobel Touraine N/A UK Fine lemon/yellow, yellow summer fruits, some oak, smooth and ripe, good future 17.5 Third Pair – Pioneer Reuilly AOC Les Fossiles 2018 Denis Jamain £14.99 Lemon-pale, floral, marked Sauvignon nose, crisp but some greenness on the palate 16.75 Brancott Estate Chosen Rows 2010 Marlborough £40 Lemon-pale, broad-flavoured summer fruits, some oak, good vineyard expression, a touch green with a good future 17.25 (the group applauded the freshness for a 2010) Fourth Pair – Pure Terroir Clos Henri Sauvignon 2016 Marlborough £20

Mid-yellow, floral, fine purity of expression, more varietal than vineyard, good wine 17.25 Sancerre AOC Cotes des Monts Damnes 2017 £26.50 Pale yellow, light summer fruits, good depth and followthrough, good future 17.5 (it should be noted that Monsieur Henri Bourgeois of Sancerre also owns Clos Henri) Fifth Pair – Innovation Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Domaine Joel Delaunay Touraine £11.99 Silver pale, white flowers, florality stays on the palate, elegantly lifted fruit finish 17.5 Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2016 Marlborough £27.99 Fine lemon/yellow, broad yellow fruits, oak evident, rich flavours balanced by natural acidity, a classy wine, good now and for the future 17.75 (The Greywacke Estate is owned by Kevin Judd, winemaker of over 20 years for Cloudy Bay, the iconic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc - his wines are always outstanding) Sixth Pair – Off the Beaten Track Sauvignon Vieilles Vignes 2017 Domaine du Pre Baron Touraine £13.49 Pale gold, oak evident, ripe and smooth, mature, more vineyard than varietal 17.25 Te Mata Estate Cape Crest 2018 Hawke’s Bay £19.99 Fine lemon/yellow, floral nose shows both grape and terroir great purity 17.5 | 65

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