Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2008
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
#28 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2009
The wine is light straw in color with green highlights. Aromas of ripe capsicum, gooseberry and grapefruit dominate with tropical fruit notes apparent. This wine displays full fruit intensity. The ripe capsicum flavors meld well with the gooseberry and supporting mango and passionfruit flavors. A well balanced wine showing the lively, crisp acidity associated with this style.
This wine can be matched with grilled oysters, barbecued prawns or salmon as well as poached white fi sh with fresh green salads containing parsley, pepper or lemon. Mediterranean and Turkish dishes with hummus, olives and feta will also match well. Though made to drink while it is young and vivacious, this wine may be cellared for up to three years to develop further complexity.
Wine Spectator - "This is crisp, offering a lively mouthful of peach-accented grapefruit and mineral flavors, all hanging on effortlessly through the long, graceful finish."
Wine Enthusiast - "Carves a path right down the center of Marlborough’s stylistic fairway, featuring hints of bell pepper, stone fruit and wet-stone minerality. It’s medium in body, with flavors of nectarine, herbal flourishes and a dry, stony finish. Drink now. "
The Brancott Winery opened in 1977, making it one of the oldest wineries in Marlborough. From producing one of the world's first grape tipping tanks, the winery has stayed true to its pioneering herigate and embraced innovation. It was one of the first to commercially plant Sauvignon Blanc in Marlborough in 1973, at the top of New Zealand's South Island and has been heavily instrumental in developing the region as one of the foremost viticultural regions for Sauvignon Blanc world-wide. At present, Brancott Estate continues to lead with its innovative winemaking approach and passionate commitment to excellence under the stewardship of chief winemaker, Patrick Materman. View all Brancott Wines
About MarlboroughView a map of Marlborough wineries (mahrl-bore-oh)
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.
Notable FactsThe 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 ZealandThe 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.
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7 ratings, 6 with reviewsIB - San Diego, CA110/7/201156/11/2011Did a tasting of Blancs with our friends and we all loved this one the best. Would definitely buy again.dawoodsy - Forsyth, MO32/5/2010ripe citrus on the nose, a little bitter on the palete, flavor of grapefruit abounds. Was ok with a roasted game hen, not so good with alfredo.Tom Sheahan - Naples, FL49/1/2009We are into our third case this year. It's more refreshing than my other favorites Duckhorn, Cloudy Bay, Craggy Range or Kim Crawford.42/12/2010A deliciously fruity, moderately dry lip-smacking white best served well chilled. Pull the flavor lightly through your teeth to explore the nuances.James Mackrell - Glenmoore, PA52/25/2010The WS rating was right on. Fully deserves to be rated #18 in WS annual rating!212/29/2009Nice balanced acidity, but I didn't like the prominent grapefruit flavor. It made the wine too bitter.Related Products
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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.
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