2008 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1047722

90 points in the Wine Spectator: "Vivid, refreshing and brimming with lime-accented pear, star fruit and light vanilla flavors, lingering nicely on the expressive finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases imported" (04/09) A Best Buy, Wine & Spirits: "This wine's zesty grapefruit and passionfruit flavors emphasize the fresh, citrusy side of Sauvignon. A little light in the aroma and finish, this makes a good aperitif with any raw shellfish." (10/09) Meyer lemon, tangerine, lime zest, papaya and pineapple. A veritable cocktail of fruit flavors, but fortunately the Dashwood never tastes like fruit cocktail. Nor is it overwhelmed with the grassy, herbal flavors that sometimes plague the value wines of New Zealand. This wine has lovely delineation of flavors ranging from the citrus to the tropical, but it never becomes cloying or overbearing. The Kim Crawford SB may currently hold the crown as our best-selling Kiwi wine, but for less money (and, I feel, better quality) the Dashwood should easily knock it from its throne.. All this and a terrific review in the Wine Spectator and you have our best bargain in Sauvignon Blanc this year. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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 By: Jon Gillespie-Brown |  Review Date: 11/28/2009 
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A bargain wine for parties and every day drinking, not as good as Kim Crawford but still a great value.

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 10/29/2009 
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Medium-bodied with refreshing acidity, passion fruit and lime aromas. A nice NZ Sauvignon Blanc at a nicer price.

 By: Joe White |  Review Date: 7/6/2009 
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Almost as good as Kim Crawford or my favorite Nobilio, at a substantial discount. For the price, the best Sauvignon Blanc I've tasted.

 By: Joe |  Review Date: 6/28/2009 
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New Zealand is producing delicious value wines these days, and this Dashwood is no exception. In comparison to the more crisp Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc from Chile, this wine brings loads of citrus fruit flavor. Highly recommended for a warm summer day!

 By: CH |  Review Date: 6/20/2009 
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Wow, 8.99, hope it stays at this price point. Compares very favorably to Kim Crawford '08 and Chasing Venus '07. Slightly lighter in weight, but great grapefruit aroma and taste. Better as a cocktail than with food maybe. Unless it's Sushi?

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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.
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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.