Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A few years ago, during a hot muggy summer, I had an intense love affair with sauvignon blancs from New Zealand.
I was living in Texas at the time where the air was steamy and the food was heavy. The bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors of this crisp white wine were something to look forward to at the end of my day.
At the time I was selling wine as a distributor sales manager and we just happened to carry the Via Pacifica portfolio of NZ wines. They had some great brands that I loved to sell and drink: Huia Estate, Highfield, Thornbury, Olssens and more. All NZ wine brands you should seek out.
But my summer affair ended as they do and I have not had much of a craving for NZ wines as of late.
So it was a pleasant reminder to recently sample the Wairau River Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from New Zealand.
Wairau River has dedicated much time and resources towards responsible grape farming. They are certified carbon neutral, recycle their wastewater and plastics and are currently being to audited to join Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand.
But my post title was referring to the style of the wine, rather than the winery's environmental efforts.
Wairau River Suavignon Blanc 2008 $15
Light golden-green color. Bright flavors of green gage plums and limes. Firm acids on the finish. Extremely refreshing on a summer day with grilled garlic prawns.
Posted by Amy Atwood at 3:02 PM