Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Brancott Marlborough Sauvignon BlancTonight we’re back to another Sauvignon Blanc, this one from the Marlborough province in New Zealand (as you might have guessed from the title.)  This bottle comes from Brancott, a producer with wines from all parts of New Zealand.  I’ve earlier reviewed the Brancott Unoaked Chardonnay from the Gisborne province of New Zealand and I liked it quite a bit.
I simply couldn’t taste a series of Sauvignon Blancs without including at least one from New Zealand, after all the Marlborough wine province is really known for this variety more than any additional.  About 65% of the grapes grown in Marlborough are Sauvignon Blanc.  The sunny and dry, yet relatively cool growing conditions and soils with low fertility have a reputation for producing Sauvignon Blanc with particularly unique and intense characteristics. Read more

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc 2008We head back to New Zealand today to try another Sauvignon Blanc.  As I’ve earlier mentioned, New Zealand has a reputation for excellent Sauvignon Blanc and this one lives up to the reputation.
The seeds of Nobilo as a winery started when Nikola Nobilo immigrated from Croatia to New Zealand in 1937 in anticipation of World War II.  The Nobilo family had been producing wines in Croatia for some 300 years and Nikola continued the tradition in New Zealand.  The Nobilo winery was bought by BRL strong in 2000, which was then bought by the wine and spirits giant Constellation Brands in 2003.  Nikola Nobilo continued to produce wines for the companionship after the acquisition by Constellation, but he passed away in 2007 at the age of 94.
Nobilo produces wine from many regions in New Zealand, but this Sauvignon Blanc comes from  Marlborough—reputed as the most desirable province in New Zealand for Sauvignon Blanc.  After tasting this wine, I can be with you why.The intensity in the nose is excellent and it is a highly tropical Sauvignon Blanc.  Pineapple, honey, melon, pear and a hint of flint give this wine a wonderful bouquet. When I first opened the bottle, it didn’t have the vegetal characteristic that many SBs from New Zealand have, but after it opened up a distinct green pepper aroma came to the surface. The palate is flavorful, well balanced and just as exciting as the nose.  It has lemon, pear, melon, apple and mineral flavors.  The end is honestly long and enjoyable.  All told, this is a fantastic Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc at a decent fee.
Wine: Nobilo
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 12.5%
Rating: 90
Fee: $11.99 Read more