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Shaken Awaken

Shaken Awaken
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18
Best Buy

Shaken Awaken
2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Shellfish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
Emerald straw color. Aromas of gooseberry, jalapeño, ripe honeydew melon, sage, and green apple with a medium-full body and an intriguing, cheery golden kiwi, mango-honey sorbet, and pink grapefruit cordial finish with no oak flavor. A bold, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality; this juicy number will shine with grilled seafood.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Savory & New World
Aroma Aroma: gooseberry, jalepeño, ripe honeydew melon, sage, and green apple
Taste Flavor: golden kiwi, mango-honey sorbet, and pink grapefruit cordial
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Sea Scallops, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bold, concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with great minerality; this juicy number will shine with grilled seafood.

The Importer

Votto Vines Importing, Inc.

The Importer
1004 Sherman Avenue
Hamden, CT 06514
USA
1 203-910-8210

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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.