Thursday, January 7, 2010

Arona Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Arona Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2009
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Greenish-silver in color, this wine has aromas of lime with sweet tropical fruit and herbal notes. Quite fruity on the palate, the flavors are of pineapple and citrus, slightly sweet but with a nicely balanced acidity. The finish is relatively brief, but clean.

Our rating: This wine is less aggressive than many of this varietal from New Zealand, yet retains much of its distinctive character. It's quite pleasant, and likely to pair well with most poultry or seafood dishes. We served our bottle with roasted chicken and rice, a good choice. Overall, it rates Above Average.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Softer, instantly approachable and with more ripe fruit flavors to balance the traditional intensity of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The grapefruit nose opens to a full and fruity mouthful of passion fruit and pineapple."

Winery website: Barker's Marque Vineyards.

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