Not all New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs are created equal. The Rain Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc does a rare thing, it offers up some of those expected varietal characteristics but with a grace and elegance that is hard to find, especially when so modestly priced.

It offers up notes of sea grass, juicy pineapple and passionfruit, and freshly snipped herbs. It tastes like being on vacation.

The Rarangi vineyard in the Lower Wairau Valley is noted by its maritime influence in denser soils. It is certified sustainable, fermented in stainless steel and spending six months on the lees.