2015 Lake Chalice "The Nest" Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

SKU #1226594 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 The Nest Sauvignon Blanc has a yeasty nose over a core of ripe apples, fresh pears and orange blossom plus a waft of sage. Medium-bodied, it is both refreshing and understated compared to most of this region's offerings with a touch of minerality to the long finish. (LPB)  (3/2016)

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Staff Image By: Kelsey McNellis | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2016 | Send Email
This is by far one of the best Sauvignon Blanc deals in the entire store! Perfect for weekend brunch or BBQ, this white is refreshing and will appeal to any pallet. It has floral aromas and prominent tropical and stone fruit flavors to the taste. Buy it by the case, you won't be disappointed!

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/28/2016 | Send Email
This is perhaps the best deal in Sauvignon Blanc in the store. A lovely nose of fresh stone fruit and pink grapefruit are immediately present and lead to a fresh clean palate. Lovely bright hints of citrus and floral notes play with the acid and make this wine so refreshing. This is a perfect house white wine or party wine, delicious and drinking well above its price.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2016 | Send Email
It's clean, zippy and fresh! Year after year this value-driven Savvie always exceeds my expectations. At $10.99, there is no better Sauvignon Blanc in the store right now.

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/14/2015 | Send Email
Our fourth vintage of what is fast becoming one of our best selling NZ Sauvignon Blancs. Among the best priced wines in the category, it compares very favorably to many wines in the $15 to $20 range. This 2015 vintage may very well be the best yet. Loads of tart, fresh grapefruit notes and a hint of something a bit more floral and tropical - passionfruit? Classic NZ "savvy" at a price you can afford to drink every day.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
Classic Marlborough Savvy flavors, fantastic value, dependable quality...Lake Chalice's "The Nest" has become a perennial best seller at K&L and this 2015 release is set to continue the trend.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2015 | Send Email
Forget the big names - for classic flavors of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, you’ve got to try this value-priced bottling from Marlborough. It’s got everything you’re looking for: lime, grapefruit, gooseberry, fresh herbs, flinty minerality, and tangy acidity. This is a great pairing with all kinds of fish and cream-sauce pasta, but it’s probably best on its own, after a long day, unwinding under the stars.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
A classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Lots of grapefruit and citrus with a whiff of grassiness and a touch of minerality.

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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