Confession: I’ve been holding out on you. It hasn’t been intentional, okay – maybe a little intentional, but it’s been for your own good. See, once I get going, I can’t stop; I’ve got an addiction – to Sauvignon Blanc. Specifically Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and well, I was worried that once I reviewed one Sauvignon Blanc, I’d only want to review Sauvignon Blanc and that’s just not fair (but it would be delicious).
Located in the northeast area of New Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough region is home to some of the best Sauvignon Blancs in the world. With all wines, the flavour comes from a combination of a few things, namely terrier and climate. Marlborough is home to both mountains and valleys, and there’s a richness in the soil that translates into some of the most exquisite white wine you’ve ever had. As well, New Zealand is famous for its great climate. This region has warm dry summers and mild winters and lots of sunshine all year round.
There are many Sauvignon Blanc’s from New Zealand that I adore, but today we’re starting with the first one I fell in love with years ago: Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc. This wine stands the test of time, and I keep going back to it knowing that I won’t be disappointed.
The Wine: Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Location: Marlborough, New Zealand
Sauvignon Blanc’s are traditionally crisp and zesty. Some have peach flavours bursting from the glass, while others have notes of green apple. There’s grassiness to Sauvignon Blanc that’s not for everyone, but I love it. It’s tart and refreshing, and you feel like you’re drinking wine that has a story to tell.
Stoneleigh’s Sauvignon Blanc is rich and complex, while still being zesty and – most importantly – completely drinkable. It’s the kind of wine that you can take to a dinner party and your hosts will be impressed, but it’s also the kind of wine you want to enjoy on your deck on a perfect summer’s evening.
Passion fruit and citrus flavours dominate at first, but as the wine warms up you notice tart green apple and grapefruit notes. The grassiness of this wine makes it taste fresh and vibrant. As mentioned, this wine is rich, but not in a heavy way like some Chardonnays. The richness comes from the marriage of flavours that blend so smoothly together.
This is one of my favourite wines (can’t you tell) and the only reason I’m not giving it a five-star rating is because the price is a little steep. That said, it’s well worth it; so treat yourself to a bottle of Stoneleigh because you’re worth it!
The Final Wine Word:
4 ½ bottle out of 5