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Snooth User: napagirl68

New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs...

Original post by napagirl68, Dec 13, 2010.

This CA girl tasted a pretty decent NZ sauv blanc at a gallery opening in SF last nite.  It was not an expensive wine... was a Koura Bay Awatere Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2009.  Looked it up... was abt. $12, nothing exceptional.  But it piqued my curiosity...

Any recommendations for a wonderful NZ Sauv Blanc?  This one had lots of citrus, pineapple, tartness and green grassiness.  would appreciate any recommendations... and will be visiting Southern Lattitudes in Carmel, CA .. a wine shop that specializes in wines from those countries south of the equator... have tasted here before and LOOK FORWARD to going back!  Hopefully can find some good NZ sauv blancs...

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Reply by wineguider, Dec 26, 2010.

Nobilo.  $11.  Delicious and reliable.  Enjoy!

-Wineguider (

Reply by hieronim, Dec 26, 2010.

Kim Crawford 2009.  It was a Wine Spectator top 100 and its under $15.

Reply by dmcker, Dec 26, 2010.

Had a Chilean SB last night that was obviously modeled after the NZ style, in an attempt to carve off a piece of that market niche. Not even cat pee, more like horse piss through a garden hose.... ;-(

Reply by Girl Drink Drunk, Dec 27, 2010.

I like NZSB as  drink-on-the-deck-during-the-summer kind of wine.  I buy Dashwood by the case.  Lime, lychee, minerals and a vegetal quality I find refreshing.

Hurry up, summer.  Get me out of this blizzard!

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 28, 2010.

GDD- agree re: Dashwood (see prior post).  Nice and balanced.  Nothing special, but a decent drinker.  Agree, summer better hurry its arse up!!!!

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Dec 29, 2010.

Well it looks like a stinker for New Year in Adelaide , 43C.

Fortunately we are on the coast and it looks like being about 33C with 24C in the evening.

Back to SB's if you get a chance try some of the Adelaide Hills SB's.  Whilst I am not a SB convert, Shaw and Smith, Nepenthe, The Lane and Bird in Hand produce some excellent examples of our local SB.  Lots of interesting experiments to see if there is a market for SB's lightly Oak aged.  I definitely go for this style more.

Hope the crappy weather ends soon, but at least you can enjoy some great Ports, Muscats and Sherry's to warm you up

Reply by napagirl68, Dec 30, 2010.

Thank you, SH, for your recommendations.  Putting them into my phone so I can hopefully find them...  If so, I will give it a go.

Reply by sage56, Dec 30, 2010.

Perhaps try a Western Australian Sav Blanc/Semillion like Voyager or Cape Mentelle. One of my favs in this region is not a Sav Blanc but Peel Estate Chenin Blanc. Wood matured but the acid and fruit of the Chenin balance it very nicely.

Reply by WineToRemember, Jan 15, 2011.

I second wine guiders recommendation of nobilio, I thought it was absolutly Fantastic, and I am not incredibly fond of White Wines.

Reply by whitediamond, Apr 5, 2012.

I am a NZ wine drinker that daily drinks malbrough savignon blanc almost our national drink judging by the amount we make.I like to mix it up with a Waipara riesling for somthing sweeter or a north island ie hawkes bay or gisborne (warmer weather) gewurztraminer which is spicy and fantastic.Regions in New Zealand are important to wine varitals like they are in the rest of the world.

I love your post discribing your introduction to NZ SB and how it was from the awatere valley this like the Wairau valley produce some of NZ 's great SB wines  that bomb your tastebuds with green grassy and dare I admit to loving it green capicum flavours.They will need to commercialise this wine more just to keep up with my daily demand let alone when the rest of the world discovers this "drink" wine.

For wineyards I love  among many others just search Waipara Riesling , Hawkes Bay Gewurztraminer or  Wairau Valley Savignon Blanc.



Reply by Racefish, Apr 5, 2012.

I don't think I've had any "bad" NZ wines. There is one that put me off though. It smelled like the name. Cat's Phee. Sorry but I really didn't enjoy it at all, even though one of the lov=cal wine merchants raved about it. (It casts doubt on his other picks now). I really don't think I'd spend over $20.00 for a wine in this class though since you can find some excellent ones for less.

Reply by whitediamond, Apr 5, 2012.

In New Zealand thanks to the lake of SB we grow (and the fact that most kiwis think the height of good taste is a larger instead of a draught beer) I can drink good nz wine everyday for under $15 nzd(great will cost you $20-$25) which is less in USD I can do this by buying on special.I still catch the odd dud not bad but flat sad tasteless(maybe french style :) wine. I have seen cat's Phee at the supermarket here but something (maybe common sense) has me walk right past.We have many sardonic sounding wicked wine names that I tend to avoid.I guess it's a poke in the eye for the serious old world wine producers but I think its more like you can't sell your wine on flavour or craft so call it somthing stupid instead.

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