Sunday, January 9, 2011

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: December 2010
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: An exceptionally pale green in color, this wine has aromas of gooseberry, lime, and lemongrass with slight herbal notes. Pleasantly crisp on the palate, the citrus flavors are well balanced, initially with some tropical fruit coming through before becoming slightly tart into the finish, which has some mineral character but otherwise is lengthy and rather citrusy.

Our rating: This is a very nice example of this varietal. Though it clearly has a New Zealand signature to it, it is well rounded with some interesting nuances. Probably best paired with seafood, we'd choose grilled whitefish over shellfish, though both probably would work well. It could also be served as an aperitif, which is basically how we enjoyed our bottle. We rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "The wine is light straw in colour with green highlights and displays vibrant fruit aromatics of pink grapefruit, passionfruit and a complex minerality. The palate shows balance, both ripe passionfruit flavours and a tight, fresh acidity."

Winery website: Stoneleigh: Marlborough New Zealand Wines.

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