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Esk Valley Estate

Esk Valley Estate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.0% RS: .25%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy

Esk Valley Estate
2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13.0% RS: .25%
Silvery straw color. Aromas and flavors of geranium and carnation, marinated peppers, and grilled grapefruit with a vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, breezy finish displaying notes of marinated citrus rinds with chewy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A well-composed and elegant sauvignon blanc with fine balance and flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Savory, Quaffable & New World
Aroma Aroma: geranium and carnation, marinated peppers, and grilled grapefruit
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of marinated citrus rinds
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Fish With Mango Salsa, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A well-composed and elegant sauvignon blanc with fine balance and flavor.

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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.