Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/29/14)
I must admit, the packaging, name and eco information on this wine initially turned me off. The packaging brought back memories of my “hippiedom” in the late 60’s and early 70’s. But I slowly became a bit more intrigued by the fact that (according to the back label) it’s “sustainably grown and vinified” and “made at the first carboNZero certified winery in the world. This certification was achieved through a stingent process requiring a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions through energy-efficient initiatives and the offsetting of residual emissions via wind farm generated credits.” Here’s a bit of information I found about the wine and the vintners (sisters).
But how about the bottle’s contents? Brilliant pale straw. Has a very enticing nose that typifies Marlborough Sauv Blanc in it’s gooseberry and grassy aromas, but the fruit seems so much more intense than most that I’ve had. Add to that more tropical notes that I’ve never found in SB from this region…particularly ripe pineapple and you have a truly unique wine. The flavors show more of the same…gooseberry and ripe pineappley sweet fruit with bracing citrusy acidity to perfectly balance it all out. Has a long, long finish too. This is a delicious NZ Sauvignon Blanc that I’m really lovin’…at an amazingly good price…four bucks instead of twenty!