EP 390 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc Marathon!

Gary gets serious and goes through a bunch of NZ sauv blancs!

Wines tasted in this episode:

2007 Arona Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2006 Tohu Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2007 New Harbor Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Chasing Venus Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2006 Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc IconNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2006 Discovery Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
2007 Kim Crawford Sauvignon BlancNew Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

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John__J

qotd: cant choose just 1
Gary that nail polish remover smell you got in the Nobilo was ethyl acetate created by bacteria in the wine and is definitely a flaw, as much as a “corked” wine or one affected with TCA would be a flawed wine. A smell that won't be getting any better with age.

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  • Scott F

    QOTD: I just had the 06 Kim Crawford this week and loved it. My wife only drinks white wines (which erks me), and I got this for her. I ended up liking it so much that I had to have a few glasses too.

  • Scott F

    QOTD: I just had the 06 Kim Crawford this week and loved it. My wife only drinks white wines (which erks me), and I got this for her. I ended up liking it so much that I had to have a few glasses too.

  • NADINE ANTOUN

    Hummm, I don’t think I ever had a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc, but if I don’t now after this show, I will get a beating, lmao

  • NADINE ANTOUN

    Hummm, I don’t think I ever had a New Zealand Sauvignon blanc, but if I don’t now after this show, I will get a beating, lmao

  • Big Nick

    Nice show GV……long week at work so I am catching up. Never had a NZ SB, but will definitely have to give them some consideration. Thanks for the show.

  • Big Nick

    Nice show GV……long week at work so I am catching up. Never had a NZ SB, but will definitely have to give them some consideration. Thanks for the show.

  • JayZee

    QOTD: I can’t say that I have a fave from New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc. I guess I’ll just have to try some more of them and see. :-)

  • JayZee

    QOTD: I can’t say that I have a fave from New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc. I guess I’ll just have to try some more of them and see. :-)

  • Dan-o

    I hate to sound so “main stream”, but I had a Cloudy Bay from either the 2003 or 2004 vintage that I thought was extremely good. I drink Babich and Kim Crawford from time to time. Nice summer wine!

  • Dan-o

    I hate to sound so “main stream”, but I had a Cloudy Bay from either the 2003 or 2004 vintage that I thought was extremely good. I drink Babich and Kim Crawford from time to time. Nice summer wine!

  • Paul M

    QOTD: its a tie between the 05 Vavasour and the 05 Kennedy Point

  • Paul M

    QOTD: its a tie between the 05 Vavasour and the 05 Kennedy Point

  • Josh in Burgundy

    QOTD: I am going to go out on a limb and say it will be the next one I taste. Hopefully

  • Josh in Burgundy

    QOTD: I am going to go out on a limb and say it will be the next one I taste. Hopefully

  • wannaBconnoisseur

    LOVE the NZ SB!!

    Q-Drylands, great value, my go to NZ SB.

  • wannaBconnoisseur

    LOVE the NZ SB!!

    Q-Drylands, great value, my go to NZ SB.

  • Mr.Ambassador

    I really enjoy the flavors and crisp “zing” that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brings to the table. For the past year I’ve been sipping and sampling just about every new label I’ve seen from Marlborough and haven’t experienced many disappointments (QPR is about the only thing I’ve been upset with on occasion).

    I was so taken with NZSB that I began sampling many more varietals looking for similar “crisp whites” and have now added many new favorites to the shelves; really superb food-wines. *Not from this region, but one of the intriguing surprises I found during my tastings was the Greek Boutari Moschofilero White…

    QOTD – I’ve enjoyed the Dog Point very much. For sheer value one of the outlet stores here in western Washington was selling Marlborough “Zed” Sauvignon Blanc at $4.99 a bottle (it’s a solid wine and a super-sipper at that price)!

  • Mr.Ambassador

    I really enjoy the flavors and crisp “zing” that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc brings to the table. For the past year I’ve been sipping and sampling just about every new label I’ve seen from Marlborough and haven’t experienced many disappointments (QPR is about the only thing I’ve been upset with on occasion).

    I was so taken with NZSB that I began sampling many more varietals looking for similar “crisp whites” and have now added many new favorites to the shelves; really superb food-wines. *Not from this region, but one of the intriguing surprises I found during my tastings was the Greek Boutari Moschofilero White…

    QOTD – I’ve enjoyed the Dog Point very much. For sheer value one of the outlet stores here in western Washington was selling Marlborough “Zed” Sauvignon Blanc at $4.99 a bottle (it’s a solid wine and a super-sipper at that price)!

  • http://djhookwaycox.net/ DARREL LAS VEGAS

    QOTD: ATA RANGI S/B 2006 & ALLAN SCOTT S/B 2005

  • http://djhookwaycox.net DARREL LAS VEGAS

    QOTD: ATA RANGI S/B 2006 & ALLAN SCOTT S/B 2005

  • Tommy Vernieri

    It’s been a while since I’ve answered a question of the day, I’m behind, Gary.

    QOTD: I think it’s the Brancott 2006, though I’ve only had a handful and I’m not a big fan overall. The gassiness and the sharpness is too much for me.

  • Tommy Vernieri

    It’s been a while since I’ve answered a question of the day, I’m behind, Gary.

    QOTD: I think it’s the Brancott 2006, though I’ve only had a handful and I’m not a big fan overall. The gassiness and the sharpness is too much for me.

  • Bobby

    Would have been nice compare areas outside of Marlborough (Hawkes Bay or Martinborough) since I’ve found better wines there.
    QTOD: Mahi 2007 SB

  • Bobby

    Would have been nice compare areas outside of Marlborough (Hawkes Bay or Martinborough) since I’ve found better wines there.
    QTOD: Mahi 2007 SB

  • CollegeFootballisNumberOne

    QOTD: Easily and by a mile the Craggy Range SB. Undeniable NZ fruit but it has great body to go with the stones, veggies, and earth flavors. World Class!

  • CollegeFootballisNumberOne

    QOTD: Easily and by a mile the Craggy Range SB. Undeniable NZ fruit but it has great body to go with the stones, veggies, and earth flavors. World Class!

  • http://bringtoaboil.blogspot.com/ Carly

    QOTD: I have yet to try one! Gotta get myself moving…

    Good episode. I’m impressed at your ability to so thoroughly treat SEVEN wines in 20 minutes. Craaaazy. Or just radool.

  • http://bringtoaboil.blogspot.com Carly

    QOTD: I have yet to try one! Gotta get myself moving…

    Good episode. I’m impressed at your ability to so thoroughly treat SEVEN wines in 20 minutes. Craaaazy. Or just radool.

  • Dan

    Great episode…but you GOTTA get a better grasp of the proper pronunciations of those Maori names..

  • Dan

    Great episode…but you GOTTA get a better grasp of the proper pronunciations of those Maori names..

  • Claus

    QOTD: Babich, 05 or 06 (don’t remember). Great classic NZ SB.

    Speaking of, I’m heading to NZ for the first time in April, can’t wait!

  • Claus

    QOTD: Babich, 05 or 06 (don’t remember). Great classic NZ SB.

    Speaking of, I’m heading to NZ for the first time in April, can’t wait!

  • http://kierajean.blogspot.com/ ValerieM

    QOTD: I’ve not had any really great SB’s, but I will look for the Chasing Venus.

  • http://kierajean.blogspot.com/ ValerieM

    QOTD: I’ve not had any really great SB’s, but I will look for the Chasing Venus.

  • Charlie

    Best SB I had while I was in NZ (and I had quite a few) was Mount Riley.

    I’m with you on the Kim Crawford, it’s not worth the price.

  • Charlie

    Best SB I had while I was in NZ (and I had quite a few) was Mount Riley.

    I’m with you on the Kim Crawford, it’s not worth the price.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: I havent had enough to really answer that, but I did have a Villa Maria a while back that while not impressive, was still a decent wine. I also had a Kim Crawford which was pretty decent as well, so I will def. be buying more in the future. Not scared of the cat pee!!!!

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    QOTD: I havent had enough to really answer that, but I did have a Villa Maria a while back that while not impressive, was still a decent wine. I also had a Kim Crawford which was pretty decent as well, so I will def. be buying more in the future. Not scared of the cat pee!!!!

  • http://palatematch.com/blog dcpatton

    QOTD: I have been very fond of recent Brancott vintages.

  • corkscrew

    Sauv Blanc overkill..have had Nobilo and Kim Crawford.. QOTD-have had a few, don't love this varietal enough to have a fav. ww.winelx.com

  • John__J

    qotd: cant choose just 1
    Gary that nail polish remover smell you got in the Nobilo was ethyl acetate created by bacteria in the wine and is definitely a flaw, as much as a “corked” wine or one affected with TCA would be a flawed wine. A smell that won't be getting any better with age.

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