This wine showed a sparkling range of aromas and flavors when it was young. Then a few months ago, it took on broad grapefruit aromas and flavors that were pleasant but not very complex. Yet another couple of months in the bottle, and the wine has evolved into yet another stage, better than either of the previous two. While not as fresh and sparkling as it was last summer, it is even more complex, blending grapefruit with gooseberry, passion fruit, Meyer lemon and honey dew melon. There is racy acidity and clean flavors that keep you coming back for sip after sip.
This will be a lovely wine for spring and summer drinking on the deck, and it's still on the shelves for about $10 a bottle--relatively inexpensive for a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.