Archive for the Marlborough Category

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, Read more [...]

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand

The 2010 Kim Crawford Sauvingon Blanc came from an interesting growing season in Marlborough that most drinkers will be able to distinguish this vintage from others. A number of conditions collided in the 2010 harvest that pushed the sugar count (measured by winemakers in a unit known as brix) to 24, whereas most years the Sauvignon Blanc grapes harvested for this best selling wine are at 22 brix. The long and the short of it is that the resulting wine is lower in acidity and the fruit seemed to Read more [...]

Nautilus Pinot Noir Marlborough 2007, New Zealand

The 2007 Pinot Noir from Nautilus wines is a fresh and juicy example of what New Zealand can produce. It smells like a Pinot should, with some muted herb thrown in. Not a tannic wine, the taste is a fresh and wet concoction of cherry and berry compote with herbes-de-provence accents. Tasted blind I might have guessed that it came from eastern Europe or North America's Pacific North West. New Zealand successfully branded Sauvignon Blanc as their own, and are now mulling over a pitched battle for Read more [...]

New Harbor Sauvignon Blanc 2009, Marlborough, New Zealand

New Zealand has been very successful at breathing life into Sauvignon Blanc with names like Oyster Bay familiar to many. New Harbor Vineyards from Marlborough released a lip smacking grapefruit with peach on backing vocals 2009 Sauvignon Blanc. Lean and energetic it would match perfectly a hot pot of mussels and salty french fries on the patio of a country restaurant. I have paired it with John Mayer's “Why Georgia.” Mayer is a young and talented blues guitarist who just happens to be gifted Read more [...]
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