Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand Marlborough White Wine
Tastes like: Passion fruit, grapefruit, pineapple
Pairs with: Goat cheese, fiery Thai food
Good for: Party-pleaser, aperitif
Drink this: Now to 2014
6 x 2009 Merlin's Barrow Sauvignon Blanc
New Zealand's Marlborough region, within the South Island's Wairau Valley, produces some of the planet's most exotically perfumed Sauvignon Blanc. The 2009 Merlin's Barrow is no exception.
On New Zealand's South Island, Sauvignon Blanc shows mouthwatering acidity, but with flavors completely different from those of its counterparts in France's Loire Valley. The Southern Hemisphere's bright sunshine ripens grape flavors while the tiny island's southerly position in the Pacific makes for perennially cold nights, helping to maintain high acidity.
Merlin's Barrow was the original name given to the English town of Marlborough, which was said to be the burial site of the great wizard. Crighton Estate, a family-owned-and-operated winery, has named this Sauvignon Blanc after the wizard as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the magical properties of the fruit from the area.
I have always appreciated the refreshing personality of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs, and the Merlin's Barrow is a stellar example. This crowd-pleasing white is one to keep on hand for impromptu gatherings and for your everyday wine-drinking pleasure.
This star-bright, green-hued wine leaps from the glass with passion fruit, grapefruit and pineapple perfumes. The palate is round and equally ripe, with tropical fruit as well as an herbal character, typical of Sauvignon Blanc, that trails on the finish. This herbal note, along with racy acidity, makes for one of the most refreshing wine styles on the market. Pour the Merlin's Barrow with salad, goat cheese or fiery Thai food.
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