Friday, March 18, 2011

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.0%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Light gold with green highlights, this wine has aromas of gooseberry, citrus, and lemongrass. Crisp and slightly tart on the palate, the fruit flavors are well developed and have a moderate acidity. The finish is relatively brief, but clean and refreshing.

Our rating: This is a nicely balanced example of this varietal from New Zealand. We enjoyed our bottle with appetizers, but it could easily be served as an aperitif and would pair very well with a wide variety of hot and cold seafood dishes. We previously rated the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Above Average, nearly Excellent and we score this vintage similarly.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "Flavours of grapefruit and red capsicum where mid-palate fruit sweetness is balanced by a fresh, lively citrus acidity."

Winery website: Giesen Wines.

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