Sunday, September 7, 2008

Nick Goldschmidt Boulder Bank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, 2007

Nick Goldschmidt is a New Zealand winemaker who has also worked in California, Australia and Chile. He was chief winemaker at Simi during most of the 1990s and is now involved as a consultant for a number of wineries in California, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina. He apparently takes some extra pride in a pair of site specific wines from New Zealand, this Boulder Bank Sauvignon Blanc and a companion Boulder Bank Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon comes from a single low-yielding vineyard near the Opawa River, an area subject to afternoon breezes and cool night-time temperatures. The results in the glass are impressive.

The color is very light yellow and the scents are as fresh as an afternoon breeze near the sea. Finely focused aromas and flavors of passion fruit, green pepper, mint and melon. Cool and fresh on the palate, just what I want from a Sauvignon Blanc. The passion fruit/green pepper combination is unique in my experience and blends beautifully with the basil and tomato in a Margarita pizza.

I liked the Joel Gott California Sauvignon Blanc below, but this one is even better--more mineral complexity and more fruit definition. I found this bottle for less than $10 at Cost Plus World Market.

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