Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Marlborough, New Zealand (wine review and rating)

Allan Scott Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Blend: Sauvignon Blanc (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Screw Cap
Purchase Date: September 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99 (750ml bottle)

Our review: Straw in color with gold highlights, this wine has aromas of citrus and lemongrass with just a hint of boxwood. Quite smooth on the palate, the tartness of the citrus is well balanced with tropical fruit-like flavors. The finish continues the profile from the palate, though is somewhat muted.

Our rating: We enjoyed the complexity exhibited by this wine. True, it has all the characteristics that are typical of this varietal from New Zealand, but there is a lot of subtlety here as well. We served our bottle with a meal of pan-seared tuna and asparagus, a very nice pairing, though we think it versatile enough to go with most any seafood dish. We previously rated the 2008 vintage Above Average, but this year's effort is superior to that. We rate it Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: None

Winery website: Allan Scott Family Winemakers. Having already moved on to 2011, the website does not mention the 2010 vintage of this wine.

1 comment:

Midge said...

I love this wine! My husband and I were practically fighting over who got to drink the last drop. I had never heard of the winery before, but our local wine merchant suggested it since they were sold out of the big-name Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. He told me that Allan Scott is a small family-run vineyard and added, "If you try this, I promise you won't be sorry." He was right!

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