Full Review

Topsail

Topsail
2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$15
Best Buy
'2022 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 White Wine $15 and Under' Best Value New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Topsail
2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta

Category: Sauvignon Blanc

Date Tasted:
Country: New Zealand
Alcohol: 12.5%
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of key lime and white flowers, aged hard cheese, pineapple, and leather and musk with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with impressions of crisp orchard fruits and citrus, cassis leaf and buttered toast, nectarine, and sweet basil with no oak flavor. Exactly what you want from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with much extra depth and savory tones.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: key lime and white flowers, aged hard cheese, pineapple, and leather and musk
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of crisp orchard fruits and citrus, cassis leaf and buttered toast, nectarine, and sweet basil
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Chicken, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Exactly what you want from New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc with much extra depth and savory tones.

The Producer

Precept Wine

The Producer
1910 Fairview Ave East, Ste 400
Seattle, WA 98102
USA
1 206-267-5252

Their Portfolio

87 30 Miles 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 15% (USA) $14.99.
87 Bell’Amore NV Semi-Sweet Peach Flavored Wine, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00.
88 Bell’Amore NV Midnight Semi-Sweet Red Blend, Italy 5.5% (Italy) $9.00.
92 Bewitched 2020 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $19.00.
88 Callaway Cellar Selections 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13% (USA) $10.00.
91 Curious Beasts 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 13.9% (USA) $13.00.
89 Day Drinking NV Pontoon Punch, White Blend, Washington 9% (USA) $6.00.
89 El Paseo NV Margarita Wine Cocktail, Mexico 13.5% (Mexico) $9.00.
85 El Paseo NV Strawberry Margarita Wine Cocktail, Mexico 13.5% (Mexico) $9.00.
87 El Paseo NV Paloma Wine Cocktail, Mexico 13.5% (Mexico) $9.00.
85 El Paseo NV Red Sangria Wine Cocktail, American 12.5% (USA) $9.00.
89 Ely By Callaway Cellars 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 14% (USA) $16.00.
87 Florina 2019 Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $12.00.
87 Florina 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, California 12% (USA) $12.00.
86 Goodness Grape 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, California 8.5% (USA) $10.00.
85 Goodness Grape 2020 Rosé, California 8.5% (USA) $10.00.
86 Goodness Grape 2020 Sauvignon Blanc, Central Valley 8.5% (Chile) $10.00.
87 Goodness Grape 2019 Chardonnay, California 8.5% (USA) $10.00.
86 House Wine NV Rose Bubbles, Washington 12.5% (USA) $6.00.
BR House Wine NV Brut Bubbles, Washington 12.5% (USA) $6.00. - Bronze Medal
87 House Wine NV Old Fashioned Lemonade, Washington 9% (USA) $6.00.
BR Pampelonne NV Blood Orange Spritz, California 6% (USA) $2.00. - Bronze Medal
93 The Conqueror 2019 Red Blend, California 13% (USA) $13.00.
92 The Conqueror 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, California Foothills 13% (USA) $13.00.
94 Topsail 2021 Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough 12.5% (New Zealand) $15.00.
89 Wines Til’ Friday 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Washington 13.5% (USA) $8.00.
85 Wines Til’ Friday 2020 Pinot Grigio, American 13% (USA) $8.00.
86 Wines Til’ Friday NV Sparkling Demi-Sec, American 12.5% (USA) $9.00.
88 Wines Til’ friday 2019 Chardonnay, Washington 13% (USA) $8.00.
88 Wines Til’ Friday 2019 Merlot, American 13.5% (USA) $8.00.

Sauvignon Blanc

Wine Glass White.jpg
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.