February 2017 - New Zealand

This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines
New Zealand Reviews
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Whitehaven
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Brilliant straw color. Grassy aromas and flavors of grass, grapefruit rind, passionfruit yogurt, and tomato leaf and green pepper with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long lemon, guava, and white peppercorn finish with fine tannins and no oak. A robust, nicely balanced sauvignon blanc with nice varietal character.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Starborough
2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of passionfruit, green apple chutney, and green tomato with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, pickled melon and grassy meadow finish with fine, chewy, soft tannins and no oak. A nice appetizing sauvignon blanc with a savory center.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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