Starborough Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
- white wine
- Fruity & Smooth
- 12.5% abv
- screw cap wine
Evocative of the luscious Marlborough region, the 2012 Starborough Sauvignon Blanc has fresh green characteristics with notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Layers of passion fruit, guava and kiwi lead to the crisp, approachable style of this wine.
New Zealand's South Island is home to the stellar Marlborough growing region, producer of some of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. They have plenty of time to soak up the heady atmosphere of sunlit mountains, fleecy clouds and pure blue skies. The unhurried pace enables Starborough™ wine to develop rich layers of character, so it can be as flavorful as it is crisp and refreshing.
Perhaps that's why Starborough™ Sauvignon Blanc stands out—the way in which it evokes the subtle flavor of New Zealand's natural beauty. It's a sophisticated taste that's easy to like.
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Sitting pretty on the northern tip of New Zealand's south island, Marlborough has become synonymous with New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. As well it should be – Marlborough is the primary region for those delicious, citrusy, summer-lovin' wines with vibrant acidity and pungent, grassy, grapefruit flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is the main grape here; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling are also made.
The region has well-drained alluvial loam soils, which are perfect for grape growing. The grapes receive a good deal of sunshine during the day, but recovers in the cool evenings. Marlborough's growing season is long, which helps foster the gradual, even ripening of the grapes. Not made for much aging, the Sauvignon Blancs of Marlborough are of the buy ‘em and drink ‘em class of wine. Expect little vintage variation here - quantity differs more than quality.
About New Zealand
The country of New Zealand is about 1000 miles from the coast of Australia. It consists of two long islands, end to end, that are approximately the same length as California. Most of the country's climate is maritime due to the abundant coastline. The northern island is warmer and wetter, while the southern island is cooler and dryer. The most popular grapes of New Zealand are Sauvignon Blanc
(made most famous by the bright, crisp wines coming out of Marlborough), Chardonnay
and the ever-growing Pinot Noir
4 ratings, 3 with reviews
- Light & Crisp
As an ex-pat Kiwi, my wife knows I really like the full fruit zing of GENUINE Marlborough Sauvs. So she bought a bottle of this on a recent visit to town. While it's not the complete murky dishwater from CA that passes for a Sauv over here, it's well short of a good Marlborough Sauv. The fact that it bottled in CA may explain it's somewhat lackluster quality. Compared to a Sauv, made and bottled in Marlborough, this is weak and somewhat tasteless. However, in its defense, to those more familiar with the weak Sauvs coming out of CA, this is probably not a bad intro. Bottom line though, this is not indicative of a real New Zealand Sauv. If you want to taste what the rest of the world raves about, keep moving. There are many of much better examples of NZ Sauv - Kim Crawford, Oyster Bay, Framinghams (one of my favorites). It's not bad, just not great.
- Light & Crisp
Great Sauvignon Blanc for the price. Crisp and refreshing.
- Light & Crisp
It's alright for the money, but I would go with another wine like Matua or Crossings first...
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.