2012 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand

SKU #1135384 Wine Spectator

 The bright lemon and grapefruit flavors are clean and refreshing, with fresh herb notes and a core of juicy acidity. (Web Only- 2013)

K&L Notes

The Nest was sourced from three select vineyards in the Wairau Valley, including Lake Chalice's estate Talon Vineyard. From the winery: "A bright clean appearance with fresh lime green hues. Lifted notes of freshly cut flowering herbs and gooseberry and melon. This medium bodied, dry wine has a juicy and refreshing palate. Mouth-watering acidity is balanced by a long, elegant, mineral finish." This bottling won a silver medal at the 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show.

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Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/12/2013 | Send Email
Savory notes of fresh herbs on the nose. Tart citrus and ripe gooseberry on the palate. Snappy and crisp, clean and bright. Classic NZ Sauvignon Blanc at a great price. Superb value!
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Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2013 | Send Email
Slightly pungent with musk melon and crushed citrus notes on a smooth yet juicy frame. This is mouth watering, snappy, refreshing and priced for every day.

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/22/2013 | Send Email
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Delish zesty, fresh and super refreshing NZ Sauv Blanc. Classic Marlborough punchy fruit with lime zest, gooseberries and crunchy melon. This wine was the top pick in our several month mission to find the best value in Marlborough SB. After tasting dozens of contenders in the $10 price range we thought this wine offered the best value for money.
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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13