Amisfield Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc (2007)

15 May

Amisfield's Central Otago vineyards

Amisfield's Central Otago vineyards

New Zealand = Sauvignon Blanc, right? Check out the Kiwi section of your local wine shop and you’ll see countless Sauvignon wines, with the odd Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling peppered in for good measure. But the vast majority of NZ SBs are from the Marlborough region – that Northeast corner of the South Island where 62% of the island nation’s vineyards are and where Sauvignon Blanc is undisputed King. Head south to Central Otago, home of New Zealands best Pinot Noirs. At 45º South, Central Otago is the southernmost wine growing region in the world. But as far as Canadians know, New Zealand = Sauvignon Blanc, so we still see Sauvignon Blanc wines from Central Otago in our shops, when they arguably create much better Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Riesling. The other thing that New Zealand’s wines are known for is quality. Excellent quality, in fact, in everything they produce and export. The cheapest Kiwi wine in BC is $15.99 and it’s very good. NZ just doesn’t produce the mass <$10 bulk wines that Australia and other regions do. And that’s a good thing.A SB nv

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Amisfield Wine Company

Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Central Otago, New Zealand
$32.99 Everything Wine

Amisfield Wine Company is a small estate winery with a vineyard near Lake Dunstan in Central Otago. They specialize in Pinot Noir, Champagne-method bubblies, and aromatic whites such as the lip-smacking 2007 Sauvignon Blanc. The latter wine is delightfully bright, with intense aromas of gooseberry and boxwood, with subtle floral and mineral notes. The palate is clean and lively, with lime, passionfruit, flint and cut grass. Amisfield claims 10% barrel fermentation in French oak, but it’s hardly noticeable here. There is a touch of roundness in the end palate before a firm streak of acidity sparks your thirst back up. 92 points

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