Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Monkey Bay New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

I am a huge fan of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. They have such a distinct taste to them that I find delicious and so refreshing, especially when the warm weather hits. Speaking of, I enjoyed this wine while I took a recent trip to FL. There is nothing like coming in at the end of the day from a visit to the beach and enjoying a glass. This is a rather inexpensive wine and for an inexpensive wine I was quite impressed with the quality. Enjoy some additional info on the wine and the region of Marlborough, New Zealand where this wine comes from.  


Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Marlborough, New Zealand
This wine was named after a monkey that was believe to live there in the 19th century and monkeys weren't even indigenous to this area.

These grapes are grown in the Rarangi vineyards that sit on the coast in the Wairu Valley, which is south of Monkey Bay. The Wairu Valley is the primary area where grapes are planted in Marlborough. Marlborough is now the primary wine producing region in all of New Zealand. Winemaking began there in the 1970's with Sauvignon Blanc being the dominant grape.
Rarangi means “sunny days” in Maori, which is appropriate for this area as it has a cool, maritime climate with long, sunny days creating a lengthy ripening time. The soils are gravely and well-drained.
This wine was a light style wine with bright, crisp acidity. On the palate, tropical fruit with your typical green and grapefruit tastes of New Zealand, but not as strong as some of the others I have tried over the years. This wine ended with a nice, clean finish.