Thursday, April 15, 2010

Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: February 2010
Purchase Price: $10.99

Our review: An exceptionally pale silver green in color, this wine has aromas of gooseberry, asparagus, and grapefruit, very typical of this varietal from New Zealand. Similar flavors are evident on the palate, which is medium-bodied and well-rounded. A touch of minerality creeps into the lengthy finish.

Our rating: This is an elegant wine, one probably best paired with broiled seafood or grilled shellfish. Not having either on hand, however, we served our bottle with an Asian-inspired chicken dish, which worked out quite nicely. A fine choice for any occasion, we rate it Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "This wine shows blackcurrant, guava and citrus notes. The palate exhibits the same fine fruit flavours with an under lying flinty note typical of Awatere Valley fruit. The finish is long, crisp and dry."

Winery website: Clifford Bay Wines.

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