Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: Marlborough; South Island, New Zealand.
Price: $8.24 (with a 25% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: Harris Teeter Grocery Store; Kernersville, North Carolina.
Paired With: Roast chicken, mac & cheese and peas.
Note: Every now and again, when we find a good sale, we purchase wine from the grocery store. This is one of those sale-price “pig in a poke” grocery store wines. Generally we try to get non-domestic brands simply because we have been disappointed so frequently with sweet, poor quality wines…especially the reds. However, occasionally we get lucky and discover a real winner…a wine with excellent quality that’s sold at a very low price.
Chilled before drinking. Almost colorless with just a pale green tint and a very slight effervescence attached to the side of the glass. Strong gooseberry and grapefruit aromas. Smooth with a saline mouthfeel, medium body and a 150-grit texture. Potent mineral, gooseberry and grapefruit flavors. Nice bright acidity, but not overwhelming and a long finish that carries the same three dominating flavors on and on. No question this was a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc…it’s filled with gooseberry tastes. This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was “Not Bad” with our humble week night supper; however, we didn’t try the Starborough Cucumber Fizz (see the Starborough web site for the Recipe or the Starborough Paloma, so maybe we underrated it. Straight out of the bottle we called it a decent grocery store Sauvignon Blanc.
See our reviews of other E & J Gallo wines.
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Closure: screw cap.
UPC Code: 0 85000 01660 2
Imported by: Starborough Vineyards (E & J Gallo); Healdsburg, California.