Posts Tagged New Zealand

2013 Brancott Estate ‘Flight Song’ Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

With wine, what you smell is what you taste, for the most part. This bottling, however, has a nose that promises a lot, but doesn’t deliver completely on the palate. Light straw in hue, with a glint of emerald, its aroma spectrum includes bell... Read more

2013 Brancott Estate ‘Flight Song’ Pinot Grigio, Marlborough, New Zealand

Surprisingly flavorful for a reduced-alcohol wine, this off-dry Pinot Grigio is light straw in color. There’s good acid in the mouth, creating a juicy and refreshing environment for the ripe apple and banana essence, hint of lime and sense of... Read more

They Were First: Brancott Estate

By Glen Frederiksen For the past two decades, the Marlborough region of New Zealand has enjoyed a wide-spread and well-deserved reputation as a world-class producer of tasty, fruit-laden Sauvignon Blanc. It wasn’t always so. In fact, the... Read more

2012 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Light straw color with glints of emerald. Unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, aromas of this white fairly burst from the glass, delivering gobs of white grapefruit, gooseberry, passionfruit, and sassy chili pepper. A sweet-tart juiciness... Read more

2011 Brancott Estate Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand

Translucent coral color with lightening at the rim. Moderate aromas of prickly red plum and cherry fruit, with green tea, earth, and cedar notes. It is initially light upon entry to the palate, then an earthy tannic grip shows up from mid-palate on.... Read more

2011 Greywacke Riesling, Marlborough, New Zealand

Bright straw color. The delicate, perfumed nose delivers uplifted Meyer lemon and apple notes, along with a flint and limestone minerality. Sweet fruit and racy acidity in the mouth work to stimulate and tantalize the tastebuds. At the finish, the... Read more

2012 Echo Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Light straw color. The perfumed, varietal nose delivers aromas of sweet pea, herbs, lime, chili pepper, wet stones, grapefruit pith and gooseberry. Bright and lively in the mouth, this wine has a juicy, sweet-tart quality that invites the next sip.... Read more

2011 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

For over a decade, Kim Crawford has produced consistently correct and compelling New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, and this one is no exception. Varietal nose full of gooseberry, green melon and white grapefruit, with herbal notes. In the mouth, there is... Read more

2010 Greywacke ‘Wild Sauvignon,’ Marlborough, New Zealand

Clear straw color. This is quite a departure from your average New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in previously filled French oak barrels for 12 months using indigenous yeasts, this wine is more like fine white Bordeaux. Complex aromatics swirl... Read more

2011 Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand

Clear light straw color. New Zealand is world-renowned for its pungent, complex, fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs, and this one has it in spades. Tiers of white grapefruit, honeydew, sharp lime and green lychee are accented by a steely streak of... Read more