2017 Mt Beautiful Sauvignon Blanc North Canterbury

SKU #1384120 93 points Wine & Spirits

 This grows on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the vines protected from the ocean winds by a range of coastal mountains. It’s a fresh, substantial white with ripe notes of green pear and a buzz of orange-like acidity. For such a big wine, it manages to feel crunchy and coastal, built for sea bass roasted with fennel.  (10/2018)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is a restrained mineral expression of the variety that leads with notes of grass, jalapeño peppers, guava and lemon-lime with a slightly smoky undertone. The acidity is tight, tingly and laser sharp. Texturally it's both chalky and slippery and finishes on a long citrus and mineral note.  (7/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Grassy and fresh, offering grated ginger, lemongrass and green apple flavors that show plenty of juicy intensity, with a touch of succulent mango on the finish. (MW)  (10/2018)

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Wine & Spirits Top 100 Wine of 2018 Wine Spectator Top 100 Value Wine


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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
This SB is not from Malborough, but rather North Canterbury (located a bit further south), and as such distinguishes itself from the pack with a delicious, ripe stone fruit driven profile, with great intensity, minerality and length. For $15 I'm going to go out on a limb and say it's the best SB I've had this year, because it is! If you're a fan of Sauvignon Blanc, by all means give this one a try.

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2018 | Send Email
This is a truly delicious Sauvignon Blanc from the under the radar region of North Canterbury. In this region just South of Marlborough, the cool, dry climate produces Savvy's expressing zippy acid, mineral drive from the stony Southern Alps, and juicy citrus fruits. All of Mt. Beautiful's wines are estate grown and certified sustainable, and the complex, elegant flavors are evidence of the care they put in the vineyards. Just a hint of green grass on the nose is the only vegetal note you get with this wine, with the core flavors coming in the form of citrus blossom, wet stone, and passionfruit. This is one of the better Sauvignon Blancs I've had this year and is a screaming deal at under $15.
Top Value!

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/6/2018 | Send Email
The nose of this is quite complex, it’s not the classic New Zealand gooseberry but a more multifaceted herbal compote that is really interesting. On the palate the wine surprised me quite a bit, it has real weight, depth and size…and then I looked at the price $15? This is an awesome wine at this price way outperforming the price category. The flavors carry on a subtle, smoked jalapeno character coupled with a focused acidity, this is a really good wine!
Drink from 2018 to 2020

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14