December 2015 - New Zealand

This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines
New Zealand Reviews
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Chasing Venus
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale yellow straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of green pepper, pickled jalapeno, and green tomato with an even, tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long lemon curd, lime, gherkin, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice snappy, savory sauvignon blanc sipper with great purity.
92 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213089
Kelly’s Crossing
2015 Premium Selection Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale silvery straw color. Lively, interesting aromas of roasted pepper, ripe and dried mango, grapefruit, and floral lipstick with a soft, lively, dryish medium-full body and a warming, involved, buoyant fruit salad, melon, lemon pepper, and pepper finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A lively and flavor-packed sauvignon blanc with exotic varietal character.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213290
Cupcake
2014 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright light golden straw color. Bright, citrusy, fruity creamy aromas of yellow peppers, lemon, banana blossoms, and gooseberry jam with a glycerous, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length melon and grass finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon blanc.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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