Saturday, July 13, 2019

Tuatea Marlborough (New Zealand) Sauvignon Blanc, 2018

Our local Trader Joe's store displays this wine prominently, and, at the urging of staff, I decided to try a bottle. Glad I did.

Leans toward the grapefruit spectrum of Sauvignon Blanc, but I also find a touch of passion fruit and melon. Has more weight and concentration than your typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc--more like a white Graves from Bordeaux. Yes, I learn, some of the wine has seen some new oak, but it hasn't been overdone, as it often is in New World SBs, and I like the result. The acidic intensity keeps you coming back for sip after sip.

At $6.99, I think this is one of the best values at Trader Joe's. It's a dollar cheaper than one of my old favorites, Picton Bay, and it's a more serious wine. As one writer put it, it would be cheap at double the price.



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