2010 Brancott Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1071339

Awarded a Best Values designation from the Wine Spectator: "A spicy and pungent herbal, almost peppery, note gives way to crisp lemon, lime and white grapefruit flavors, with zingy acidity. Distinctive and very refreshing. Drink now." (03/11) A Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: "Pungent and nettle-like upfront, but those leafy elements are balanced by bright grapefruity flavors on the palate. It’s medium in body and fresh, clean and appealing on the finish. Hard to do better at the price." (09/11) According to Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sept/Oct '11: "Very pale yellow. Restrained citrus aromas nicely lifted by pepper and herbs. Not especially nuanced but juicy and fairly intense, with bright acidity framing and extending the soft citrus and pepper flavors." According to the Wine Enthusiast: "Pungent and nettle-like upfront, but those leafy elements are balanced by bright grapefruity flavors on the palate. It’s medium in body and fresh, clean and appealing on the finish. Hard to do better at the price." (9/1/2011)

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Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
You can't go wrong with the quaint lil' SB. This sauvignon blanc is immensely balanced and the bright acidity helps carries the lush, ripe citrus and stone fruit palate.

Staff Image By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/29/2011 | Send Email
One of the best values coming from the Kiwis down in Marlborough. This is a spicy, herbal and almost peppery crisp white wine. There are notes of crisp lemon, lime and white grapefruit flavors with persisting acidity. A truly great summer sipper.

Staff Image By: Steve Greer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/21/2011 | Send Email
This is the new value party wine white. Crisp, dry citrus fruit with bright acidity. This is a nice Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc for only $9.99.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.

New Zealand

- New Zealand is an extremely diverse wine-growing nation. The long history of producing wine started in the 1830s with wineries such as Mission Estate (1850) and Te Mata Estate (1896) still producing wine today. The two islands hold a multitude of different growing climates ranging from warmer areas such as Hawke’s Bay to very cool regions such as Waitaki, and Awatere. Most regions are defined as Maritime with the exception being Central Otago that has a moderate Continental climate with the high elevation creating dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The plethora of grapes grown in New Zealand reflects this diverse microclimate make up. Everything has a place here, Bordeaux varietals and Syrah in Hawke’s Bay, Chardonnay and Pinot in Nelson, Pinot Noir and Riesling in Central Otago , aromatic whites in Waipara and pretty much everything you can imagine in Marlborough. New Zealand is also one of the “greenest” wine producing nations on earth (94% of wine certified sustainable in 2013) with a strong focus on organic and Biodynamic farming.