Color: Light yellow in color with green hues and brilliant clarity.
Aroma: A distinctive Marlborough bouquet of ripe tropical and
Palate: Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc is bursting with
flavors of lemon, passionfruit and melon. Crisp and zesty,
the palate has excellent weight and balance, lingering in a
full, refreshing finish.
"Supple, intense and streamlined, with a suave array of grapefruit, mineral, herb and guava tones. Spice tones add complexity, with generous fruit and minerals fleshing out the finish. Drink now." -Wine Spectator
So rich in history, Nobilo wines are proudly hailed as some of New Zealand's most respected pioneering wine brands. A Croat immigrant, Nikola Nobilo, whose family history and winemaking background stretches back over 300 years to the Adriatic island of Korcula off the Dalmatian coast, led the way. The history of the company in New Zealand goes back to the early 1940's when this Croatian family, landed in New Zealand. They settled in Huapai, West Auckland situated in the North Island of New Zealand, and started planting vines in 1943. With over 300 years of European wine history, this family effectively persuaded and guided the NZ wine industry away from hybrid grape varieties and fortified wines, to a higher level of quality wine, now recognised and appraised by all markets.
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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.
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.
Wow this wine packs a flavor punch. I have had Savignon Blanc's in the past, but this one is very special. The flavor is immense. I got lemongrass, melon and a touch on mango. On the nose I picked up flint, guava, lime and elderflower. This wine has a nice straw color to it with hints of green. For this price I will definately be picking up a few more bottles. Loved it!
We had this wine for the first time at McCormick & Schmicks Seafood Restaurant. Under the lights this wine is nearly translucent and absolutely clear. The taste is slightly citrus at first, but has a complex nature as you continue to drink. It is crisp and cleanses the palate as you procced through your meal. An Excellent pairing with Tilapia, trout, or other mild white fish, or with raw oysters, clams with lemon, butter and herbs or any similar meal. The waiter brought us a sampling to help convince us we could not go worng and that earned him a larger than usual tip! An excellent choice - You can not go wrong with this excellent crisp, clear, and satisfying wine!
I had this wine for the first time in a California Pizza Kitchen and just loved it. I have been looking forward to summer so that I can enjoy this. Great on it's own or with food. NZ SB's are my favorite.
My fiance and I only recently began drinking and enjoying white wines. Before that, we were big red wine people. We first had this wine at his parent's house. I was very pleasantly surprised! We have since bought about 10 bottles of this. I find that I even like it a little more once it has warmed up a touch. To me, the peach flavors jump out. I could go on and on about this wine, but to sum it up I love it and would highly recommend it! Decent price too.
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.