Out looking for something new and exciting to taste I ran into the 2005 Huia Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. I had the Huia Pinot Noir not to long ago and really enjoyed it (read more here). The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc was labeled at BevMo as at 92 pointer from Wine Spectator and was at sale for $16.99. How wrong could I go?
The grapes for this wine was harvested from 5 different vineyards throughout the Wairau Valley. Some early herbaceous grapes and some later harvest fruity, sugar plump grapes. A small percentage had a quick fermentation in old French oak and the rest, a longer in stainless steel tanks. The result is a wine with very pale straw color in the glass. The nose holds tropical fruit with pineapple and hint of citrus. In the mouth, muted tropical fruit with ripe grape fruit, and vivid, fresh acidity with a light creaminess that ends in a lingering finish.
Thanks to the fact that part of this wine was aged in oak it has a touch of creaminess, and is therefore a great Sauvignon Blanc to introduce to somebody who is set on Chardonnay, and thinks that Sauvignon Blanc are to light, crisp and fruity (like my husband).
This wine is one to enjoy with seafood, or do as I did, just sip it while making dinner.
Find it at www.winezap.com for $15.99.