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Wine Spectator Smart Buys in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

  • by Mikela Dennison

We're proud to share some excerpts from a fabulous new feature in the USA focused wine bible, Wine Spectator Magazine

Senior Editor and NZ wine reviewer, MaryAnn Worobiec, included te Pa in her list of fantastic, family-owned and independant wineries, and we couldn't be more delighted to be featured in the high profile and influential publication. 

It's also really positive to see a large and influential shine the spotlight on smaller family-run wineries. We're proud to be Kiwi-owned, family-owned, and Maori-owned, and appreciate the opportunity to share our story in this respected publication. 

Check out some of the highlights of the column below, and get in touch via mikela@tepawines.com if you would like to stock or list this incredible 'Smart Buy' wine. You can also shop the wine here.


"Beyond these brands are incredible wineries known for nuances of flavor, aroma, and texture. Moreover, there are wonderful stories of family-run operations that I feel are the heart and soul of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Most of these family brands are also based on vineyards they farm, which creates a dependable source of grapes from vintage to vintage. 

This list of extraordinary Sauvignon Blancs hits both of these points; they stand out for how expressive they are, and they’re also from family-run New Zealand brands.

Consider te Pa’s deep regional history - founder and owner Haysley MacDonald’s ancestry traces back more than 800 years. After converting his family’s dairy and crop farms into vineyards, MacDonald launched the wine brand in 2011. Vineyards in the lower Wairau and Awatere valleys are used for the winery’s Sauvignon Blanc, which features intense Key lime, ruby grapefruit and lemon curd flavors." 

Smart Buys in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 

  • te Pa 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, 91 points, MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator, Jan - Feb 2022. 



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