Thursday, May 3, 2012

REVIEW - Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011

REVIEW - Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2011

SKU: 738965  
Origin: New Zealand

Agent: Pacific Wine & Spirits
So some back story on this little brainchild wine. It is the solo product of Kevin Judd, a leading and widely renowned NZ wine maker that got his start and his name from doing 25  years with Cloudy Bay and is attributed with putting NZ on the map for their wines. In Mr. Judds spare time he has also made a name for himself as one of NZ finest wine photographers and has published a book of his country's wine industry

In the glass – this wine is pale, like SUPER pale,  with just a hint of lemon and green

On the Nose - it is clean and  pronounced, with fruit flower, fresh cut grass, asparagus, and green pepper.

On the palate – it was dry, with medium acidity. It was medium body, I think this was due to its higher alcohol content, a whopping 13.5%. The flavors were clearly  those of a  hotter climate vineyard with big fruity tropical notes, great acidity that let it stand up against others in the sauvignon blanc flight I was doing. It has a medium finish

Normally I don't do ratings or post ratings but this one deserves it. It was rated by Jancis Robinson, leading UK wine critic, as the top Marlborough Sauvignon of the 2011 vintage. 

This wine would was very good in my opinion. There is a lot of NZ SB out there and I find that they all tend to blend together but this one has a solid minerality structure to its acidity and will hold up in a cellar for a few years, but why bother? Its ready to drink right now. It retails at around $28 and is pretty easy to find

I would pair this with any white meat with heavy sauces. And Spice, it will do very well with spicy foods too.


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