Full Review

Sunshine Bay

Sunshine Bay
2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$7.95

Sunshine Bay
2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Fish

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
White gold color. Tropical aromas and flavors of grapefruit, passionfruit, gosseberry jam, and hungarian pepper with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long finish that presents overtones of meyer lemon and white raspberry with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and zesty sauvignon blanc bursting with tropical citrus flavors.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, New World, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: grapefruit, passionfruit, gosseberry jam, and hungarian pepper
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of meyer lemon and white raspberry
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Fried Catfish Sandwich, Fried Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A bright and zesty sauvignon blanc bursting with tropical citrus flavors.

The Retailer

Aldi Inc.

The Retailer
1200 North Kirk Road
Batavia, IL 60510
USA
1 630-425-7394

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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.