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Island Nation

Island Nation
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$12.90

Island Nation
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 13%
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of candied grapefruit peel, bay leaf, gooseberry, peas, and white peach with a silky, vibrant, light body and a captivating, medium-length finish with notes of white pepper, lime spritz, and wet stone with no oak flavor. Lively and extroverted, this Sauvignon Blanc combines the tropical and herbal notes the region is known for, with a long, intense finish that be a super pairing to shellfish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: candied grapefruit peel, bay leaf, gooseberry, peas, and white peach
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of white pepper, lime spritz, and wet stone
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Lively and extroverted, this Sauvignon Blanc combines the tropical and herbal notes the region is known for, with a long, intense finish that be a super pairing to shellfish.

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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.