If there’s one type of wine that New Zealand is best known for, it’s sauvignon blanc. The reason for this is the intense tropical and citrus flavors typically found in their sauvignon blanc. And this one from Goldwater is a beautiful example of what you can expect from this region.
Goldwater Estate was established in 1978 by Kim and Jeanette Goldwater and merged with Vavasour in 2006, under the ownership of the New Zealand Wine Fund. Then, in 2009, the New Zealand Wine Fund was sold to Foley Family Wines from Sonoma. It’s amazing when you dig into the mergers and acquisitions in the wine world, you’ll find that many wines you see on the shelves are related.
This particular wine is not only from the Marlborough region in New Zealand, but more specifically is 100% from Wairau Valley.
It doesn’t get anymore grapefruit-y than this sauvignon blanc. On the nose, the aromas are grapefruit, papaya, a subtle cut grass and mineral. The flavors explode with fresh, white grapefruit and a bit of melon. Imagine peeling a fresh, ripe grapefruit and eating a piece of it and that’s the primary flavor. The acidity is outstanding, making this crisp and refreshing. The finish is incredibly long and shows grapefruit flavors at first, but evolves into tangerine. If you enjoy sauvignon blanc with a strong grapefruit characteristic, this is a great choice. This one gets a solid 90 points.
Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
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Disclosure: This wine was received as a sample.