Thursday, September 20, 2012
Kiwi Day Dreaming hosted a session on Wines of New Zealand for #winechat. For the event, William and Pasternak Wine Imports provided us with two Sauvignon Blancs, the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 ($12) and the Goldwater 2010 Wairau Valley, Marlborough ($16). During the chat we also learned bushels of new facts about the New Zealand wine industry, the Malborough region, and the Wairau Valley sub-region. Specifically, I was fascinated to learn that Sauvignon Blanc from the Wairau Valley characteristically express sub tropical fruits in the finish. And this was identical to my tasting notes for the Goldwater 2010. And the aroma from this one is strong, overpowering so, where the citrus leads to a rich wine - depth and flavor - and a long nicely acidic finish. The Dashwood was lighter, with a nose and flavor of grapefruit and a touch of lemon without the grass. The finish, refreshing acidity with some minerals mixed in. Both are nice wines, nice price points - time to start exploring New Zealand wines.