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The 2023 Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) Annual Collection announced

The 2023 Appellation Marlborough Wine (AMW) Annual Collection has been selected.

This year’s panel, made up on Jane Skilton MW, Australian wine writer Erin Larkin and sommelier Andrea Martinisi, blind-tasted more than 70 new release Sauvignon Blancs before determining the top 12.

“AMW’s Annual Collection is an opportunity to recognise world-class Sauvignon Blanc,” says
AMW chair John Buchanan.

“Our recent collection tasting highlighted that AMW producers are refining their house-style, whilst exploring in parallel Marlborough’s sub-regions and single vineyard sites.

“The 2023 Annual Collection is a clever reflection of our dynamic wine growing region and is an attractive range of expressions and price-points.”

Buchanan says Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc captured the attention of wine enthusiasts around the world because of its exceptional sense of place.

“Our collection tasting is an important exercise in peer benchmarking and it was interesting to see three wines included for the second year running.”

Panelist Andrea Martinisi says the AMW Annual Collection will continue to motivate Marlborough winemakers to push boundaries and share their expertise.

“It will also help to preserve and protect the great reputation that Marlborough has gained globally as a quality wine growing region,” he says.

The 12 wines selected to comprise the 2023 collection range from $17 to $36 and encompass a broad
range of winemaking techniques, from 100% stainless steel through to wild fermentation and
extended barrel aging.

“We hope that we landed on a balanced and eloquent range of wines in the top twelve,” says
panelist Erin Larkin.

“Wines that offer joy, that speak of place and which challenge the notion that ’Sauvignon Blanc is Sauvignon Blanc’.”

Arona Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Blind River, Central Wairau and Inland Awatere)
Astrolabe Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Multi sub-regional)
Dog Point Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Southern Valleys and Central Wairau)
Forrest Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Central Wairau)
Greywacke Wild Sauvignon 2021 (Southern Valleys and Central Wairau)
Mount Riley Limited Release Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Multi sub-regional)
Nautilus Estate, The Paper Nautilus Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (Central Wairau)
Opawa Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Central Wairau)
OTU Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Blind River and Otūwhero)
Smith & Sheth, CRU Wairau Sauvignon Blanc 2022 (Wairau)
TAPI Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Lower and Central Wairau)
Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc 2023 (Blind River)

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