Lake Chalice `The Raptor` Sauvignon Blanc 2009 (12 x 750mL) Marlborough, NZ

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Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc at its best! This is without a doubt the best New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc to pass through the Graysonline Tasting Panel.

Summer is fast approaching and you would be mad not to have a bottle of "The Raptor" on hand to enjoy with salads or seafood dishes.

NZ - Other New Zealand
New Zealand

Expert Reviews

3 stars, Cuisine Magazine Dec 2009

Winery Tasting Notes


Bright, pale straw on release


The wine shows powerful aromas of passionfruit and blackcurrant with hints of grapefruit.


The palate is pleasingly rich and concentrated with a well balanced acidity that leads to a lingering finish.

Food Matching

Enjoy with seafood, white meats, ethnic cuisine or as a bracing aperitif.

Cellaring Potential

Released in September 2009. Enjoy now and over the next 2 years.


100% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the lower Wairau Valley, including first year fruit from both the Dillons Point vineyards of Tony & Melissa Burdon and our own Talon Vineyard


The grapes were harvested in the cool of the evening. Fermentation was controlled at low temperatures to retain the freshness and zing of the fruit. Limited release of 523 cases.

Medals & Trophies

Gold Medal, Air New Zealand Wine Awards 2009

Silver Medal, New Zealand International Wine Show 2009

Bronze Medal, Royal Easter Show Wine Awards 2010

Bronze Medal, Liquorland Intl Wine Competition 2010

Grays Tasting Panel Review

Tangoes across the tastebuds! Full of all the passionfruit and gooseberry flavours you would expect from a NZ savvy but beautifully balanced with complex secondary characters on the palate. Grapefruit lingers longingly on the tongue to a wonderfully full finish. A cracker of a wine!(19/08/2010)

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NZ - Other New Zealand
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Sauvignon Blanc
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Winery Profile

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Lake Chalice Wines is one of the few remaining privately and locally owned wine companies in New Zealand and is located in the country's main wine-growing region, Marlborough.

Launched in 1989 on a 11ha (28 acre), stony paddock in Rapaura, Wairau Valley, Lake Chalice Wines now owns four key vineyard sites, as well as sourcing fruit from several carefully selected contract growers.

Founders Chris Gambitsis and Phil Binnie, who were joined in 1998 by winemaker Matt Thomson, share a simple philosophy: to make quality varietal wines from Marlborough grapes.

The Karearea or NZ falcon emblem features on the Lake Chalice Wines' label. In a land with no native mammals, this rare, endemic raptor has always flown fearlessly above the rest. Lake Chalice Wines is a proud sponsor of the Wingspan Birds of Prey Trust, dedicated to preserving New Zealand's raptors.

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