Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: February 2010
Purchase Price: $12.99
Our review: Yellow-gold in color, this wine has aromas of lemongrass and citrus (surprisingly tending towards orange than the more typical grapefruit). Pleasantly tart on the palate with just a hint of fresh herbs, there's initially a good balance of acidity. But it becomes slightly unbalanced into the finish, itself being a bit too acidic, while the fruit flavors are replaced with a flinty minerality.
Our rating: Had the finish been a bit more refined, this would have been an excellent wine. It's still very good (we rate it Above Average), but there are better choices at this price point. Best enjoyed with food, serve with grilled chicken or fish. (Letting the wine breathe for a bit seems to improve its overall character.)
Taste profile from the winemaker: "A fragrant mix of pineapple and passionfruit tropical aromas with underlying ripe citrus characters adding complexity to the nose. On the palate, again a flavoursome array of pineapples and passionfruit, with a zesty citrus essence of orange and lime. Texture from the fruit concentration gives this wine great mouthfeel with a mouthwatering acid backbone creating an enduring, structured and well balanced finish."
Winery website: Allan Scott Family Winemakers.