3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand

The 3 Stones Sauvignon Blanc came with a strong recommendation from wine store clerk as a “knock-out” bang for the buck wine. Selling for $12.99 in the province of Ontario I gave it a roll. From the outset the wine had a decidedly delicate fragrance, with the expected wisps of citrus and tropical fruit and and some pleasant leafy notes as well. Attractive yes, but not something I would label “knock-out” based on smell.

Into the mouth it delivered the expected tropical fruit flavouring, without tasting like any one tropical fruit, it had some nice minerality. With a real deliberate swishing in the mouth I worked out some strawberry and bananna flavours.

Conclusion: If you are going to use boxing metaphors I would suggest that this wine “goes the distance.” Fine winemaking, disciplined adhesion to the New Zealand School of Sauvignon Blanc Soft-Knocks, but no knock-out punch. The wine is a winner by decision in it’s weight category (price range) and could probably hold its own moving up a category or two and compete very well with NZ Sauvigin Blancs in the $18 range.

Musical Match: Bruno Mars singing a slow burning song called Grenade. Despite expectations of a song titled Grenade, this ballad of love lost simmers and smoulders as opposed to exploding. Like the wine that didn’t “Knock-Out,” they are both deserving of hit status on their own merits.

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