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July 2016 - New Zealand

July 2016 - New Zealand
This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines

New Zealand Reviews

Chasing Venus 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
93 points
$16
Best Buy
Bright light straw green color. Bold, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, guava, and passionfruit with a soft, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length lime, pineapple, and roasted yellow pepper finish with silky, chewy tannins and no oak. A classically-styled Marlborough sauvignon blanc with great persistence of fruit.
93 points $16 Best Buy
Havelock 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Bright light medium straw green color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of dried papaya, grass, and kiwi with an even, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length white grapefruit, nectarine skin, and pickled melon rind finish with chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very smooth and savory sauvignon blanc with mouthwatering acidity.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2015 "Flight Song" Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright light silvery straw color. Bold, herbal, peppery aromas and flavors of sliced green and jalapeño peppers, passionfruit, caperberry, and honeyed tomato leaf with a soft, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, easy grapefruit, Meyer lemon sorbet, and guava finish with earthy, grippy tannins and no oak. A vibrant, full-throttle NZ sauvignon blanc with lots of great tropical flavors.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Cupcake 2015  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Lively, tropical aromas and flavors of guava and banana custard with an oily, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, breezy green apple, grapefruit, and pickled pepper finish with dusty, leafy tannins and no oak. A pleasant, smooth sauvignon blanc sipper.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Morgan Hill NV  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of peach tart and taffy and grilled pineapple and grapefruit with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length pickled yellow pepper and grass finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid sauvignon blanc sipper.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Brancott Estate 2015 "Flight Song" Pinot Grigio
83 points
$13.99
Bright light silvery straw color. Bright, dusty aromas of dried citrus and overripe apple and peach with an even, racy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, brisk lime, melon balls, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, dainty dry white wine.
83 points $13.99
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