Thursday, July 4, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Sauvignon Blanc - 2011 Tora Bay

I am a big fan of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.  Ripe, acidic, aromatic, all the things I like in white wine.  Most of the wine you will see likely come from the Malbourough wine region as about 80% of the country's Sauvignon Blanc is planted there. I came across this wine from a smaller region, very close to Malbourough but on the North Island of New Zealand instead, and wanted to try something a bit new.

Wine: 2011 Tora Bay Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Martinborough
Grape Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $14.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Screw Top.
Appearance: Wine is clear, light yellow in color with a water white rim.
Aroma: Nicely aromatic. Standard Sauvignon Blanc green grass with lime and gooseberry. (I have never seen a fresh gooseberry, but did find some gooseberry jam at a local gourmet store - along the same lines as a green grape raisin, but more of a "fresh" aroma).
Taste: Lots of flavor to go along with the aromas. Nicely acidic and citrus flavored with a long long citrus finish.  
The Grade: I give this one an A-.  Very delicious, acidic, and refreshing. The citrus on the finish (a bit of lemon/lime mix) is a tiny bit overpowering - but really nice for the price.

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