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Let’s have some fun, taste and learn. In the heat and humidity of a Midwest summer, we are going to taste out some Sauvignon Blancs. Specifically, some New Zealand Sauvs. Let’s look at how Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region compare to a Sauv from New Zealand’s Hawkes Bay and, with a classic California Sonoma County wine from the Alexander Valley.

First some facts about the Marlborough region. It sits on the northwest coast of the South Island. It is basically a rift valley between two rivers with a mountain range protecting it from winds that come from the west. It is also very rocky and gravelly with a long, cool growing season. The resulting fruit exhibits citrus, guava and gooseberry flavors with a crisp acidity. In short, the wines are refreshing if not bracing.

Hawkes Bay is situated on the east coast of the north island and has a very gravelly soil and a maritime climate, but it is a much windier appellation than the Marlborough. It is primarily famous for Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon however; Sauvignon Blanc thrives here with a slightly different expression of fruit flavors.

The Matanzas offers a look at a classic Sonoma California style of Sauvignon Blanc. The growing season is warmer than that of New Zealand and the resulting wine exhibits more herbaceous note yet still has some beautiful fruit.

Come in and try them all. I’m sure you’ll find something to love and appreciate the difference.

Cheers! -Bill the Wine Guy

Wildflower Sauvignon Blanc Hawke’s Bay 2017

The grapes for this wine are grown on the highest north facing shingle terrace vineyard in Maraekakaho in Hawke’s Bay. The grapes love the long hot summer days and cooler nights above the Ngaruroro River. After the fruit is harvested it is cool fermented right away to ensure optimum freshness.

The cool fermentation ensures the wonderful juicy fruit flavors Sauvignon Blanc should exude. Right away with this wine there is an explosion of fruit on the nose. Passion fruit, fresh citrus, and gooseberry lead onto the palate with a juicy flavor profile, purity and concentration. The finish is crisp and clean with amazing longevity.

Regular Price $17.99

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Prices good thru August 15, 2019

Ranga Ranga Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018

The crisp citric flavors carry a solid core of lemon grass, lime zest, the tang of cut lawn, plus a hint of dried herbs and a touch of Awatere minerality and it packs a fresh, zingy punch on the finish that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Regular Price $15.99

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The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2018

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2017 shows lifted notes of gooseberry and nectarine, underpinned with citrus notes. The palate is full of pure fruit flavors, yet balanced with a persistent, crisp mineral finish. Enjoy with both fresh and cooked seafood dishes such as oysters, prawns, and fish. Winemaker’s Notes

Regular Price $14.99

REWARDS PRICE $9.96 

Prices good thru August 15, 2019

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc Alexander Valley 2017

Enticing floral and white fruit notes with bursting, vibrant aromas of prickly pear, lime, pomelo, and fresh mango. Flavor notes of lemon blossom ginger white tea, fresh Lemon Verbena and a long finish with saline and minerality.

Regular Price $22.99

REWARDS PRICE $14.96 

Prices good thru August 15, 2019

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