92 Points – $23
This very light yellow crystal clear wine has a crisp nose of passion fruit, lychee and gooseberry. A tart grapefruit and kiwi taste with a crisp finish. A very good wine. Don’t forget to chill this wine to get all the thrill! Little sister to the white wine served at the Royal Wedding.
Name: Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: New Zealand, Marlborough
Maker: Villa Maria Estate Ltd
During the long hot summer days, nothing is as refreshing as a properly chilled white wine. While red wines go well with meat and can cut through a heavy meal, their high alcohol content and thick body can tire one on a hot day. A crisp white wine with its lower alcohol content has less pucker and more cooling sparkle to help beat the heat. Some of this year’s recent favorites are:
Gruner Veltliner with its crisp white fruit flavours. 12% alcohol $16
Piemonte Moscato Pelassa with 5.5% alcohol and fizzante sparkle has apple and orange flavours. $21
Martini Asti – a full sparkling wine in the classic style with peach, pear and apple flavors. 7%alcohol $15
Relax Riesling with sweet flavors of white fruit and apple. 9% alcohol $12
From New Zealand:
Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc. Great star fruit and grapefruit notes. 90 pts. 12.5% alcohol $18
From the U.S.A.:
Bokisch Granacha Blanca a full grapefruit and green apple flavor in a great wine made from a Spanish grape varietal grown in California. 12.5% alcohol $22
Union White a well round white with flavors coming from four different grape varietals. Apple, pear, grapefruit and lychee. 12% alcohol $15
Remember to properly chill these wines, serve cold and Enjoy!
89 Points – $25
Translucent pinky red in color with plum, fresh fruit and mild floral aroma. Creamy palate of cherries, licorice and black tea. Nice finish. Not a bad New Zealand Pinot.
Name: Spy Valley
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Malborough, New Zealand
Maker: Spy Valley Wines
91-92 Points – $20-$25
A Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon that is always outstanding. Matured in steel vats, this fragrant wine has a great nose of green grass, grapefruit and lime. A stony taste of grapefruit, passion fruit and tropical fruits with a great finish. Serve chilled. Number 40 wine of 2006 and number 40 wine of 2008.
Name: Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc
Region: New Zealand
Maker: Kim Crawford