Flight on a flight (SFO-AKL)

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Tasted July 6, 2017 by RajivAyyangar with 99 views

Flight 1 (2 notes)

White
2016 Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
83 points
Medium minus yellow color (has a touch of color)
Pronounced nose with classic aromas of grass and grapefruit, and hints of passionfruit and ripe mandarin orange.
On the palate, it feels like slight RS, maybe 2-3g? (this is likely close - the 2015 had 4g/L according to the producer website).
Slightly elevated alcohol - feels 13.5%. Medium plus acid. No phenolic bitterness. Clear flavors and a clean finish.

A great example of entry-level Sauv Blanc.
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Red
2016 Te Awa Pinot Noir Left Field New Zealand, South Island, Marlborough
80 points
Medium minus ruby color.
Medium minus intensity, dark-fruited, slightly reductive black cherry nose.
Dry, medium body, medium alcohol - feels 13% (correct - 13%), medium acid, low tannins.
A bit flat on the palate with some muddy, indistinct black cherry fruit. A bit rustic and bitter on the finish. The fruit character is a bit dirty.

13% alcohol
5.2 g/L TA
3.63 pH
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