Wine review: Matua Valley 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

Matua Valley 2012 Sauvignon BlancSauvignon Blanc, New Zealand’s white wine darling, was born in France’s Bordeaux region. But New Zealand put this grape on the American map, no matter what people say. And Matua Valley figured out how to bottle the New Zealand Sauv Blanc essence for less than $10. Impressive.

This wine isn’t going to shock you or deliver anything super innovative. But it’s one helluva summer pool wine for the money (screwcap too). It is, by definition, the typical NZSB: tart grapefruit, lime rind, zippy acidity and loads of citrus.  It has a refreshing fizziness on the tongue and a long, clean finish. Despite the hefty acids, it drinks pretty smooth, especially for a wine in this price range.

Sweetness: 1 out of 10
Price: $8 – $12
Occasion: Sent as a sample from the winery.
Availability: Grocery stores nationwide
Food pairing
: Fresh chevre goat cheese or any dish with citrus as a main component like a salad with Lemony Garlic Vinaigrette or Shrimp with Fennel.

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