2012 Staete Landt "Annabel" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Previously $16)

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 *Highly Recommended* A luxurious nose of ripe melons and toast with a nice intense citrus kick followed by a delicate fruit in the mouth, which is hugely complex yet crowd pleasing. The finish is creamy and soft with a touch of crunch. Drink 2013 - 2017.  (7/ 2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Annabel Sauvignon Blanc has a classic, intensely scented nose of green apples, gooseberries and nettles with subtle elderflower and grass hints. Medium-bodied and bursting with flavor in the mouth, it has a racy acid line carrying the fruit and herbal elements to a long finish.

Wine Spectator

 A smooth, succulent mix of honeydew melon, ruby grapefruit and lemon and lime zest flavors. Crisp finish. (Web-2014)

K&L Notes

Here's a Sauvignon Blanc from the Rapaura region of Marlborough worth noticing. 25% of the estate-grown fruit was aged in oak barrels. From the producer: "Staete Landt 2012 ‘Annabel’ Sauvignon Blanc has an intensely aromatic classic nose with nectarines, tropical and citrus characters. In the mouth a soft velvety texture showing abundant nectarines, peaches&cream and grapefruit flavours with chalky & mineral characters, rounding off in an elegant lingering finish. The seasoned oak component gives the wine fantastic palate weight and texture. This wine is drinking well from now onwards but will increase complexity and reward cellaring for up to 5 years."

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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.