2017 Ribbonwood (Framingham) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough (Elsewhere $15)

SKU #1356303 91 points Wine Spectator

 Vivid and expressive, with passion fruit, Key lime and mandarin orange flavors that are succulent, intense and nicely juicy on the finish, where a note of lemongrass emerges. Drink now. *Smart Buys* SRP $17  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Made by our good friends and direct import partners at Framingham; the Ribbonwood label represents one of the best value, classic New Zealand Sauv Blancs on the market. The value for money here is off the charts. Winemaker's Notes: "Classic passionfruit and grapefruit flavours, smartened up with hints of mineral. Mouth-watering acidity makes you want to take another sip. Close your eyes and imagine cool, clear water rushing over fist sized stones on its way to the sea."

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Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2018 | Send Email
It's absolutely unreal to find a wine of this caliber that is made with such care for under $10. Often at these price points, wines rarely see human hands, being almost entirely machine produced. That is definitely not the case with this wine. Framingham winemaker Andrew Hedley is involved and hands-on in every aspect of this wines life, which is why it has turned out so darn phenomenal. Fresh, bright, crisp, and lively characters dominate this wine. There are so many nice elements to this wine, it can almost be mistaken for his higher-tier, single-block series. My absolute favorite under $10 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and one you can trust in quality and taste.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2018 | Send Email
Everything you could want in a classic, everyday NZ Sauv Blanc. This wine exemplifies that fresh, crisp, juicy style of Sauv Blanc that put NZ wines on the map. The nose is bursting with white blossom, citrus peel, jasmine and passion flower. The palate is crisp and zesty but also has a soft textural element and more layers of flavor than anyone would expect at this price point. Ribbonwood is the second label of one of my favorite producers in NZ - Framingham. The wines are made by the inimitable Andrew Hedley who is without doubt one of the most exciting, passionate and downright awesome winemakers you could ever meet. Don't settle for mass-produced, commercial, bulk NZ savvy when you can have something like this crafted by a master of his trade.
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/12/2018 | Send Email
This Marlborough gem is an absolute steal. Blended from single vineyard Sauvignon Blanc sourced from a unique site in Wairau Valley, the wine is especially aromatic and lively. Bright notes of gooseberry, grapefruit and zesty lime are countered with subtle spice, enlivening and refreshing the palate. Definitely pick this one up as a daily quaffer!

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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.
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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.