Silver Birch Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: 3L Box
Purchase Date: May 2010
Purchase Price: $17.99
Our review: Yellow-gold in color with citrus-honey aromas and slight herbal notes, this wine's tropical fruit flavors are somewhat flat and little too astringent, lacking a bit in the fresh tartness that is more characteristic of this varietal from New Zealand. The finish is brief, though clean.
Our rating: This definitely isn't a sipping wine, but one best consumed with food. We enjoyed it most when served with chicken satays and a spicy peanut sauce. Maybe we simply got used to it over the course of several days, but our overall impression was higher on the last day than it was on the first. Still, it is at best an Average sauvignon blanc, though at the equivalent of $4.50 a bottle, it's hard to argue that is isn't a very good value.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Crisp and ripe fruit flavors of kiwi, pear, and green apple with distinctive mineral and gooseberry notes prominent. The stainless steel treatment assures that the wine delivers a crisp finish and fresh structure."
Winery website: Octavin Home Wine Bar.