2008 Southern Lights Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1049960

Need a crisp white wine for a party, wedding or just weekday house wine? Look no further than the Southern Lights Sauvignon Blanc, which comes from fruit sourced from a more well known winery in New Zealand.This Kiwi "savvy" is bright and juicy with classic notes of grapefruit, passion fruit and lime blossom. On the palate, there is good acidity and a clean, long refreshing finish. At $7.99, you'll want to have a few of these in the fridge cold and ready to go. (Jim Chanteloup, K&L New Zealand wine buyer)

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By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/9/2011  | Send Email
This is the best kept secret in New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! For $7.99 you get all the classic fruit and texture for a fraction of the price. The perfect wine for everyday sipping and an awesome crowd pleaser for a party!

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2010  | Send Email
The 2008 harvest in New Zealand was the largest on record, which meant that Omaka Springs in Marlborough had such an abundance of quality fruit that they decided to add a second label, saving their finest juice for their Prestige Label. In creating Southern Lights they were able share the balance of their zestful bounty with you, the bargain-savvy consumer ever in search of PTQ ratios. Well, no need to cry in your glasses, this wine really scintillates with all the flavors you’ve come to love in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc...aromatic gooseberries, hints of lime and generous passionfruit, finishing crisp and lively. The great choice for holiday parties where you want a light and delicious quaffer for a song!
Top Value!

By: Adam Parry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/27/2010  | Send Email
This wine has delicious rich citrus with a hint of passion fruit. Clean , crisp with a delightful finish. Excellent value.The only question is how much should one buy?, as this is truly a deal.

By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/17/2010  | Send Email
The 08 Southern Lights is a very quaffable, affordable NZ Sauv Blanc showing texbook citrus and grassy notes and quenching acidity. It has a very strong following among our loyal NZSB customers as it represents a great value for the price. Also an excellent choice for a large party or wedding reception.

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/17/2010  | Send Email
This comes from New Zealand and is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc--bright and juicy with hints of grapefruit, passion fruit and lime blossom. It also has a good acidity and a clean, long and refreshing finish! Pair it with any spicy sushi that you can throw at it.

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/1/2010  | Send Email
All right, I'll throw it out there once again. It's hard not to. But indeed, this is dollar for dollar one of the best deals we've got going in the store at the moment. This is classic Kiwi SB; lime skin, grapefruit, a touch of jalapeno pepper all on a light bodied, racy frame. Perfect aperitif wine, or with something briny from the ocean. Give it max chill to highlight it's fresh crispiness. Enjoy!! CM

By: Patty Torrel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/26/2009  | Send Email
2008 was a big vintage for New Zealand…so big, in fact, that Omaka Springs decided to use some of their highly regarded fruit to make a second label wine: Southern Lights. Omaka Valley is in the heart of Marlborough’s wine growing region and is characterized by its well-drained stony soils and long dry growing season with warm sunny days and cool nights. This is a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc bursting with grapefruit and gooseberry flavors intermingled with just a hint of that classic Kiwi grassy note. There are plenty of warm days left in California, so stock up…this is a tasty everyday wine you do not want to pass up!

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/19/2009  | Send Email
I love the kiwi/grapefruit flavors of this second wine from Omaka Springs. This is sure to please anyone who likes Classic Marlborough flavors with a snappy finish. My new house wine!

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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 (%): 12.5