Black Box Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Origin: East Coast, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Bottle Closure: 3L Box
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $17.99
Our review: Golden straw in color, this wine has aromas of grapefruit and herbs, and maybe a little gooseberry, with some pleasing citrus (primarily orange) floral notes. The fruit flavors on the palate are not expressive, a bit flat really, and paired with a somewhat aggressive minerality. The finish is brief, too dry, and not altogether memorable.
Our rating: We were rather disappointed with this wine, considering we're fans of this varietal from New Zealand. It's possibly best paired with seafood dishes, though we probably enjoyed it most when served with a simple sandwich and salad lunch. Like many box wines, it's hard not to argue value here at the equivalent of $4.50 a bottle; to be honest, we've had worse, much worse at higher, much higher prices. We score it on the low side of Average (just a point above Below Average). Possibly because we consumed it over the course of a few days with a variety of meals and simply got used to it, it may be a bit better than it scores -- it's certainly worth a try.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "A fresh and zesty wine featuring aromas of herbs and tropical fruit. This wine blends crisp acidity and a rich, fruit sweetness on the palate with a clean, dry finish. This refreshing and lively wine pairs well with most foods especially white meat and seafood dishes."
Winery website: Black Box Wines.