The new release of Tinpot Hut’s signature Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is back on Wine Access for one, simple reason: Tinpot Hut is a gregarious, exuberant white with acidity and verve to spare. Bursting with fresh, exotic citrus—pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, and guava, Wine Access insiders have been begging for another allocation since the 2017 release sold out almost instantly.
But we aren’t the only ones stuck on winemaker Fiona Turner’s lemongrass-scented white: Wine Access regulars have piled on 5-star scores and praise for this value white, with one proclaiming they “Rarely encounter such intensity, length and complexity” in Sauvignon Blanc. Even Jamie Oliver has said, “Love your wine, always have some in the cellar.”
Over the years, Turner has established her Home Block vineyard, in the Blind River subregion of Marlborough, as one of the country’s top sources of Sauvignon Blanc. Yet for all of the accolades, the wine is made for unpretentious enjoyment—on any budget.
Master of Wine Rebecca Gibb lauded Tinpot Hut’s 2018 release in Decanter for its “rich, aromatic and supple style redolent of tropical fruits ranging from pineapple to passionfruit,” all of it cut through with energizing acidity. We adored its guava, pineapple, and lime zest notes lifted by exotic hints of lemongrass. In essence, Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc fuses freshness with clean, zippy minerality in a white that’s comfortable by the pool, tailgate, or dinner table.
With Turner at the helm, the Tinpot Hut Sauvignon Blanc has more than earned its reputation as a critical and Wine Access favorite. In case you missed it: The 2016 vintage received the highest score ever for a Sauvignon Blanc—a near-perfect 98 points from Decanter. And this 2018 is a worthy successor to the last two terrific vintages.