Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand
This classically styled wine shows lifted melon, citrus and fresh tropical notes on the nose. These flavors follow through to the richly structured palate which has a long crisp finish. Blending fruit from both the Awatere and Wairau Valley regions of Marlborough benefits the wine with aromatics being enhanced by the Wairau Valley component and a mineral note being imparted from the Awatere Valley component.
Wine Spectator - "Silky, with green apple and melon flavors on a lively frame. Drink now."
The Dashwood brand was developed by Vavasour Wines in 1989. Given the commitment to using the Vavasour brand for wines true to the Awatere Valley, it provided flexibility within the company's portfolio to have the Dashwood range as a blend of fruit from Marlborough's Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
Dashwood wines bring the luscious, clean fruit characters of the Wairau Valley into harmony with the flinty, or mineral, characters of the Awatere (resulting from the comparatively cooler but drier temperatures and slightly less fertile soils). Created by long-standing winemaker, Glenn Thomas, who joined Vavasour in 1988, Dashwood wines are made in an earlier drinking style than those carrying the Vavasour brand and are considered outstanding value for money by wine buyers across the globe. View all Dashwood 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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2 ratings, 2 with reviews43/15/2011This straw colored Sauvignon Blanc is an excellent representation of the Marlborough style. It is crisp with a pleasant tartness and great acidity. On the nose you’ll find plenty of floral notes along with great tropical fruit such as lychee and passion fruit. I also get quite a bit of melon and lime in this wine. I would not hesitate to plop down $12 for this little guy. It’s not particularly complex, but it’s well balanced and would certainly be a great wine to buy in bulk for a party or for just sipping on the patio on a hot summer day. Food Pairing Suggestions: The most important thing to note when pairing food with this wine is acid. This Dashwood is a high acid wine, so you want to use it to compliment high acid foods or to cut through cream or butter on heavier dishes. I tend to prefer high acid dishes with Sauvignon Blanc, so I’d suggest things like ceviche, boiled shrimp or oysters on the half shell. My favorite dish with this wine, however, would be a simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing topped with a medallion of fried goat cheese. You could also just eat a bunch of goat cheese with this wine as goat cheese and Sauvignon Blanc are as near to a perfect pairing as you will ever find.Darin Walsh - Arlington, VA42/19/2011
Light and crisp. A great NZ Sauv Blanc! Great value!
- Light & Crisp
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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