Waiata Vineyard, Canterbury Sauvignon Blanc


This eye-catching Sauvignon Blanc from Canterbury in New Zealand is a genuine stunner. Full of flavour and balanced with freshness, body and a long, fruity and dry finish, it is a classic cool climate Sauvignon Blanc with gooseberry, nettle, green herb and integrated crunchy acidity.

Grown in the north Canterbury zone of Waipara, this is a region that benefits from dryer conditions than in Marlborough and more predictable temperatures than in Otago. While the resultant wine is riper and fuller than its neighbours,  that you'd expect from the variety in this country, but with more layers of complexity and texture that this region brings to the table.

The Tiki estate that make this wine are themselves based in Marlborough, and they used to have a portfolio of different wines in addition to Tiki that filled out their offering.

Then, the recent global increase in demand for Sauvignon Blanc and more difficult growing conditions of numerous consecutive vintages forced them to consider their entire model. It was some hard research that landed them with this choice vineyard in the Waipara valley (Waipara translates as Maddy Water or something similar, which we like because wine-making can sometimes be a bit like that...!).

Waiata is a single vineyard that's about forty minutes north of Canterbury on New Zealand's south island. It benefits from warm, dry days, cool nights and long dry autumns that ensure perfect harvest. It has allowed them to continue availability of wine while shoring up their own supply, at exactly the same time as adding this rich layer of quality to their offering.

This has done wonders for their business, for the wines themselves and for the Waipara and Canterbury regions. It's a very good news story and this wine, like its sibling Maui, is a really gorgeous and refreshing take on the New Zealand classic.

It scored a whopping 95 points and a gold medal at the NWWA New World Wine Awards, too.

Region: Marlborough

Country: New Zealand

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Style: Vibrant, Sustainable, Medium Bodied, Fruity, Fresh, Crunchy, Crisp, Complex

Best food matches: Seafood, Salads, Poultry, Asparagus

Alcohol: 12.5%

Why buy from us?

When you buy wine from The Allotment Wine Co. you're helping a small Irish company that in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers who grow the grapes and make amazing wines. We only work with partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.

Delivery & Returns

You'll get free delivery when you buy 12 x 75cl bottles of wine online from The Allotment, saving you €7.99.

We charge €7.99 per delivery for quantities less than that.

Our hours for processing orders are between 9am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

We pack your online wine order along the following timelines:

Wine orders for delivery in Dublin, received before 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected the next working day.

Wine orders for nationwide delivery, received by 12pm on weekdays are prepared so that delivery should be expected two working days later.

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Patrick H.
Hi, I'm Chris Gifford.

And you're very welcome to The Allotment Wine Co.

When you wine from me, you're supporting a small Irish business which in turn supports small, sustainable wine producers, as well as other small, dedicated Irish wine importers.

When selecting wines, I look for partners who share a deep respect and connection with the land and its traditions, witnessed in a firm commitment to quality and sustainability. All of which makes for better wines.