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Aorangi Road Wines

Aorangi Road Wines
2017 Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Hawke’s Bay

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$16
Best Buy
'2018 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $20 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Aorangi Road Wines
2017 Single Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc, Hawke’s Bay

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, eucalyptus, passionfruit, petrol, wool, and pineapple gummies with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and an even, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of mango nectar, ripe apricots, and fresh cut grass with no oak flavor. A spot-on Hawke’s Bay Sauvignon Blanc with big minerality and just-right fruit; hits the nail on the head.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: gooseberry, eucalyptus, passionfruit, petrol, wool, and pineapple gummies
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of mango nectar, ripe apricots, and fresh cut grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Raw Oysters, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A spot-on Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc with big minerality and just-right fruit; hits the nail on the head.

The Producer

Aorangi Road Wines

The Producer
2 Peacock St. Glendowie
Auckland, 1071
New Zealand
64 -21363060

Sauvignon Blanc

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Sauvignon Blanc is a bit of a chameleon of a variety, as it changes its character depending on where it is grown. Most famously in France’s Loire Valley, (especially in Pouilly-Fumé and Sancerre), it is a rich dry white with distinct herbal notes in the nose and on the palate. In New Zealand, the flavors range from gooseberry to tropical; both styles have very good natural acidity. Certain areas in Chile also produce very tropical-driven examples with a touch of herbal character, while the typical California style is clean with melon and spearmint fruit with only traces of herbal notes.

Many styles of Sauvignon Blanc – especially those from New Zealand – are aged in steel tanks to preserve the aromatic qualities, while some producers in Sancerre or even in California age in wooden barrels; this for added texture and spice. Medium-full in body, Sauvignon Blanc is especially excellent paired with shellfish or seafood or lighter poultry with herbs.