Awatere Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand; 13% ABV
$5 at the Oakland, CA, store on 12 August
I got home after buying this wine to find that Seedboy had commented: “Screwcap wine. This wine is in lovely shape given its age. No oxidation. Clean, good acid, nice citrus and herb flavors, pretty much what you want from a NZ SB. I’ll buy a couple more. Here is the Cellartracker page”
I agree it’s quite good if you like this style of Sauvignon Blanc, as I do. It has some yellow melon, gooseberry, maybe a little green melon but definitely some white of the melon rind, crisp citrus acid, and a minerally structure. It’s perhaps slightly tired from its age, but it’s still very flavorful and not oxidized in the slightest.
The next day, the rest of the bottle in the fridge was at least as good, maybe better. It had opened up to show the fruit more, with more emphasis on yellow grapefruit / yellow kiwi, and showed more of the herbal component (good, IMO) that Seedboy mentioned. Good stuff.