There are few wines that hit the senses like Sauvignon Blanc. When done right, it brightens a day, sharpens your mind and delights the palate. Sauv Blancs tend to be the most minerally and dry of the white wines, and the final resting point of many long-time white wine lovers–the wine people finally decide most represents what they seek after getting bored with oak or sweetness.
Here is an example of the goal. New Zealand’s Dog Point 2007 has blasts of lime and pineapple along with the traditional grapefruit and melon notes throughout. The crisp acidity helps clean the palate when paired against the light oils of shellfish and the creamy textures of white sauces or butter. The lightness of the flavors never overpowers the flavors of well done foods and leaves you wanting a bit more food and wine with every passing sip.
New Zealand has taken on Sauvignon Blanc as its signature white. Crafting examples without the stony minerality of Loire Valley wines and with enhanced perception of fresh cut grassy notes and bigger, rounder citrus has become the classic style representing this island nation.
Because it comes from the southern hemisphere, this wine is 6 months older than northern 2007’s, which reveals itself in a more integrated palate. The acidity helps hold everything together for the long term which means you can probably enjoy this wine throughout 2011. But don’t bother waiting. It’s one of the best under $20 Sauv Blanc examples we’ve encountered yet!
This wine is available online at Salut! Wine Co. for $19.99, or available to wine club members for only $16.99!
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