The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2010
Purchase Price: $7.99
Our review: A pale silver-green in color, this wine has aromas of gooseberry and lemongrass with slight vegetal or herbal notes. The citrus flavors take a moment or two to develop on the palate, and are nicely balanced with just the right amount of tartness. Surprisingly, there's also a faint tingling sensation present. There is some minerality in the relatively short finish.
Our rating: Maybe it's our imagination, but it seems recent vintages of New Zealand sauvignon blancs have not been as aggressively citrusy as older ones. This one is quite pleasant, if a bit thin. We'd suggest serving it with most any seafood, or with a light lunch (which is how we enjoyed our bottle). We previously rated The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Above Average, which is about how we rate this vintage; it may be even better. However, the 2005 was priced nearly twice what we paid for the 2009; hence this is a much better value.
Taste profile from the winemaker: "Colour: Vibrant with a crisp and subtle green hue. Bouquet: Dried herb and gunflint compliment gooseberry, passionfruit and pungent grassy aromas. Palate: Lime zest and white floral notes are framed by a structured yet supple mid palate. Mouth-watering acidity with the Awatere’s signature mineral background complete the persistent finish."
Winery website: The Crossings.