July 2016 - New Zealand

This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines
New Zealand Reviews
215631
Chasing Venus
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215847
Havelock
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215814
Brancott Estate
2015 "Flight Song" Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215862
Cupcake
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215668
Morgan Hill
NV Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215815
Brancott Estate
2015 "Flight Song" Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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