The wine featured in today’s blog is a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc produced by Astrolabe Wines in New Zealand’s most important wine region known as Marlborough. The Marlborough region is located at the northeastern top of the South Island.
I felt that after last week’s blog on Sauvignon Blanc, in which I mention New Zealand a number of times, I should report on a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in this blog. The bottle even has a screw top, as I mentioned that New Zealand was one of the very first wine making countries to offer large quantities in a screw top bottle.
In my wine blog from July 18, 2018, I reported on the Astrolabe Pinot Noir. In that piece I described some details such as the winemaker, the winery and its location in New Zealand. If you are interested in that type of information click “HERE” to go to that article.
2016 – Astrolabe Province Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
The Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc is made from grapes grown in eight different family vineyards that were harvested in April of 2016 according to the winery’s website.
The color of the wine is a pale straw with some hints of green. The aromas on the nose are of fruit, lime and perhaps a hint of earthiness. The wine has a mild mid-palate with hints of peach, fruits and citrus. The finish is of a dry mineral type with a medium length that leaves a pleasant taste in your mouth. The alcohol content is 13.5%. Wine critics have scored the wine from 88/100 up to 90/100 points.
The wine will pair nicely with meats such as chicken and most seafood. When pairing with cheese select softer, brinier and sourer ones such as goat milk cheeses like a Crottin de Chavignol and crème fraiche. It also pairs well with green salads and sautéed green vegetables. I haven’t tried the wine with any veggies yet. I have however, tried it with seafood salads, chop salads and the like. I paired the wine with a green salad and soft cheese on the evening I tasted the wine for this article.
I purchased this wine from Chalet Party Shoppe on County Road 17 here in Elkhart, Indiana, at a price of $19.99 per bottle. I recommend you try this Sauvignon Blanch when you have the opportunity. For more information you can see Stan Minden at the Chalet Party Shoppe.
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