Well it's time for my weekly tasting of one of my favorite wines, Sauvignon Blanc! And my weekly tasting always includes a wine from New Zealand. It thrills me to see so many new ones on the shelves these days and especially at affordable prices. Stopping in the Australian wine aisle at the wine store, as I was looking for my entry in Great Grape Day and Wine Blogging Wednesday, my eyes caught a simple looking wine bottle label. Good deal, it was a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and under my $12.00 a day weekly wine budget!
Last evening I unscrewed the cap on this chilled bottle of 2006 Sherwood Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand. Since 1987 Dayne & Jill Sherwood have been producing wines from their own vineyards in Marlborough and Waipara, South Island, New Zealand. And I must say, they are doing one nice job on their Sauvignon Blanc. On the nose was the scent of gooseberry's and a soft hint of spice. Even though there was 13% alcohol volume, the wine aroma was soft and inviting. On pouring into my glass, I noticed the wine to be a nice crystal clear very light straw color. Those gooseberry's moved over to my palate with that wonderful slight grassy flavor that I have only really noticed in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The finish of this medium bodied wine was nicely balanced in the acidity department and lingered long enough for me to want another sip. The Sherwood Estates Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that I will pick up again, as it was a great way to start the end of my day!
Fresh greens of all sorts are on the menu at my house every day, as the farmers markets are loaded with them right now. The other night I was craving a Caesar Salad. Romaine topped with my dressing of anchovies, Dijon mustard, fresh garlic, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, croutons and freshly grated Parmesan cheese served with a side of freshly picked cherry tomatoes hit the spot on a hot summer evening!