Marlborough, New Zealand
Alc. 13 %
Even though New Zealand produces a very small amount of the world’s wine (1%), it is still considered the “Sauvignon Blanc capital of the world”. That is high praise for a country that is only slightly larger than the state of Oregon. At the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, the vineyards of Marlborough possess well-draining, stony soils. You'll also find here a dry, sunny climate, and vast temperature variations from day to night; a paradox that provides an ideal situation for grapes to reach a balance between ripeness with acidity.
Marlborough is the country's largest wine region and the area’s most important variety is Sauvignon Blanc. Here, it is considered the benchmark for the varietal, and the wines are revered for their sharp, aromatic style, with notes of exotic tropical fruit, herbaceous characteristics (think freshly cut grass and green bell pepper), along with a refreshing stony minerality.
This wine would best be served at 8 C, and should be enjoyed young - drink until 2022.
This wine is intensely aromatic with attractive herbs, elderflower, floral, and stony notes. Passionfruit, grapefruit, lime, and peach all explode from the glass, along with some softer grassy scents.
This wine is an ideal example of classical Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate on this wine is equally intense as the nose - fresh and fruity, with a texture that evens out all that acidity. This is a dry, tangy Sauvignon Blanc with lime zest, gooseberry, and subtle tropical fruit and passion fruit flavours. This is a light, fresh wine with a pleasing purity and energy.
A Thai green curry would be great here. A salad with goat feta, asparagus, avocado, and grilled red peppers would also be ideal.