Monday, July 26, 2010

White Haven Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Marlborough NZ

Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Producer: Whitehaven
Specification: none
Vintage: 2008
Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
Price: 22.00

Appearance: Clear, water white, lemon green, legs
Nose: Clean, medium + intensity or pronounced, developing, green fruit, grapefruit, mineral, lemon, herbaceous.
Palate: Dry, high acidity, no tannin, medium+ alcohol, medium body, medium intensity, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, herbaceous, pepper, grass, medium length.

Let's see what we have learned so far. High acidity, high alcohol, no oak, and pronounced aroma of citrus, green fruit and herbaceousnecss are all characteristics of a sauvignon blanc. The intense aroma and subtle pepper and grass flavour indicate that this is likely to be a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc.  The you pull the bottle out of the paper bag, yes, you are correct.  This is a classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.

Sauvignon Blanc is in fashion right now.  Bordeaux and cabernet sauvignon are no longer that cool.  B.C. has some decent sauvignon blanc as well, but the New Zealand ones offer better value.  At $22, it lacks some complexity of the more expensive brands and it is a little weak on the palate.

Quality: Very good, ready to drink, but can keep

For pairing, remember that creamy chicken linguini from Trattoria?  It is full body enough to stand up to to the heaviness of dish, but its acidity cuts through the cream nicely and quenches your thirst.  This is the perfect wine for the summer.

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