February 2019 - New Zealand

February 2019 - New Zealand
This month's Wine feature is New Zealand Wines

New Zealand Reviews

Duck Hunter 2018  Pinot Noir
92 points
$29.99
Emerald straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, cracked black and pink peppercorns, cherry skin, and hint of lit pipe tobacco with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish conveying accents of cranberry, nuts, and marinated cucumber with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. An intriguing spicy and savory pinot with a come hither personality and a rewarding finish.
92 points $29.99
Villa Maria 2018 Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit, pickled pepper, and barbecue sweet potato chip with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a charming, medium-long finish with touches of green apple and pineapple with well-integrated, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very tasty and quenching sauvignon blanc for all occasions.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Esk Valley Estate 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$15
Best Buy
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.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Duck Hunter 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
91 points
$19.99
Pale straw color. Citrusy aromas of white grapefruit, lime, and white strawberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length lychee, tangerine, and yellow tomato salad finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, spot-on Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; classic.
91 points $19.99
Taonga 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of gooseberry, pickled melon and pepper, scallions blossom, and hint of beeswax with an crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, relaxed finish manifesting notes of pickled lime and garlic, passionfruit, and gherkin with fine, chewy tannins and no oak flavor. A very savory, alliacious, yet tropical sauvignon blanc that stimulates the senses.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Villa Maria 2018 Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pomelo and heirloom apple with a bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a charming, medium-long finish with notes of lime-spritzed underripe pineapple with no oak flavor. A rock solid sauvignon blanc that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $17 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2018  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grilled peppers and grapefruit, apple custard, and hint of wood matchstick with a soft, bright, medium body and a smooth, easy finish manifesting accents of fruit salad, creamy nougat, and apple and watermelon candies with no oak flavor. A pleasant sauvignon sipper with ripe fruit and a round center.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
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