Tuesday, February 06, 2007

The Crossings Marlborough 2004 Sauvignon Blanc

I am once again trying a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. This one placed #44 in the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2006 (rated 91 points), so when I saw it at BevMo for only $12.99 I just couldn't pass on it.
The name of the winery has an interesting history. Back in the nineteenth century, early pioneers found a specific spot at the Awatere River where their horses could wade across, and they called this spot The Crossings. This point now lays within The Crossings Wine Estate, and thereof the name. The Awatere Valley is a sister valley of the Wairau Valley where the legend of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc began, and they share very similar characteristics in their climate.
This wine has a very pale straw color in the glass. The nose presents a nice soft peach, tropical fruit and what I interpret as a hint of grass(?). The dry palate shows tropical fruit and some mineral. As it sits in the glass and breaths for a while the dryness softens and gives way to a softer, sweeter note.
I really enjoyed this SB but find myself liking the slightly more fruitier style of the Kim Crawford and the Huia a little bit better. The best deal I found online was at www.wine-searcher.com from $8.95. A really good deal!

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Anonymous said...

I am curious, at what temp did you pour this wine?

Victoria said...

I like my white crisp wine, like Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio, pretty cold, usually straight out of the fridge (around 35-40 degrees). And that is how I drank this wine. If I am on the other hand drinking a Chardonnay I prefer it a little less chilled, at around 50 degrees, as the flavors come out better for it at that temperature.