Surprise - found this hidden behind a 2008; thought I had consumed all the '06's. Still has a nice fragrant nose - grass, grapefruit, pear, apple, some herbs. The intensiveness of the fruit has diminished though. I generally do not keep NZ sauvignon blancs this long, so it's a learning experience at this point. This wine was at its peak two years ago. A wine that I really appreciated then and scored it in the 91-93 area.
Lots of fragrant grass on the nose; also grapefruit, lemon, apple and herbs. The wine is toward the end of its plateau. Good acidity. A better food wine now than 2-3 years ago when I graded it a 93. Went well with Cajun styled cod. Nice finish.
Dinner at Crown Wine Cellars, Hong Kong: This is another of our favourites which seems to convert everyone we introduce it to. Merest hints of green and yellow in colour. Fresh, vibrant nose of nettles, limes and minerals. Clean, fresh palate with good fruit which avoids the stainless steel sharpness of some of the grassier NZ Sauvignon Blancs. Elegant.
A screaming nose that initially I couldn't place. It wasn't grass. It wasn't pipi-de-chat. It clearly was some interesting, exotic fruit that I've been force fed before ;-)
So, I take a sip and the palate is intense passionfruit or probably more accurately grenadilla as Tracey would say. Very nice grenadilla but so intense to be almost too much to drink. So, the cap is screwed and the bottle is put back in the fridge for another day. It's quite amazing what 24 hours in the fridge and a little oxygen did for this bottle. A hint of sweet fruit has now appeared on the finish and the intensity has gone from a loud scream to proud shout.
Even on day two, it was very bright and lively but I really enjoyed it compared to the so many typical grassy Sauvi's from New Zealand.
Almost completely clear, with just a touch of light almond color. Overwhelming nose of cat pee and grass, in a good way. Wonderful flavors of grapefruit and gooseberry, with really nice mouth watering acidity on the sides of the tongue.
This is an outstanding Sauvignon Blanc. Tasted initially at a local wine tasting, the wine makers apparently learnt their craft at Cloudy Bay and now supply over 60 percent of their output to Cloudy Bay. For me, and I love Cloudy Bay, this is every bit as good but without the marketing hype and associated price. The wine has a very gentle, almost colourless appearance and nose beautifully balanced nose. Subtle and less angular than many cheap Sav B's, which can be somewhat metallic in my opinion. To use an old cliche, it's like angels dancing on your tongue...
Second or third bottle in a short while. Drank over dinner with the SG at Rasberry Rouge. This is an excellent example of a Malborough SB, even better than its more expensive stablemate, the Section 94. Good typciity, with a clear yellow green colour, grapefruit, pomelo and green apple with just the slightest bit of grass on the nose and palate, and crisp, refreshing acid, yet it stands out with its great balance and a little extra complexity and liveliness.
Attractive grassy tinged light colour. Grapefruit, pomelo and a little melon on the nose. Bright, refreshing, zingy acidity that will clean your fillings combined with attractively underdone melon and grass cuttings and a touch of minerality on the palate. Some length. I had got rather bored of NZ Sauvignon Blancs in the past 2-3 years but this one reminded me how good they can be.
CRONA Negotiation Dinner (Sunny's House): This one was as good as the 2005 we recently sampled. Hints of grapefruit and meyer lemon on the nose, with more citrus and blood orange on the palate. The acid bite was just right with excellent mouthfeel and a great finish. Paired well with the slamon, the veal, and even the desert
Vanilla, grapefruit, melon, and tropical aromas. The palate had pleasant flavors of citrus, primarily grapefruit, apple, and a touch of caramel. Crisp finish. Nicely balanced acidity. As Meghan would say..."quite lovely."