Thursday, July 28, 2016

Wine Review: Chasing Venus Marlborough 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Chasing Venus Marlborough 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Back in November of last year this blog had the whole month dedicated to the wines of Matchbook, and it included the article A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company. So to learn more about Matchbook, feel free to check out that article. They have a pretty cool story. Things get set on fire.

Chasing Venus is Matchbook Wine Company's Sauvignon Blanc project. It's named after Captain Cook's personal mission in 1769 to study Venus while he explored the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, where he discovered New Zealand and Australia. The label has a Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand and one from Russian River Valley, California.

As you can see, this is a review of the Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 57% is from the McLean Vineyard, whose clay soils bring herbal characteristics, and 43% is from the Comely Bank Vineyard, who brings zesty fruit. It has an ABV of 13%.

Flash Point Paradox
Fair warning: this review is being done while I'm eating heavily buttered popcorn and watching Flash Point Paradox on Netflix for the second time. The beginning of this movie is pretty dumb but once you get into the alternative timeline it's friggin phenomenal. FRIGGIN PHENOMENAL.

The package for this wine is also phenomenal. Fat bottle with the label looking like it was ripped from a scroll. Very cool. The color of this wine is so light that there's almost an absence of color. It's a very very pale yellow.

On the nose there's lemongrass, grapefruit and elderflower. In the mouth it's light bodied with an airy mouthfeel but with a stabby-stabby sharp acidity. There's flavors of lime, pineapple lollipop and a little slice of banana. It finishes with tart acidity and flavors of lime and pineapple lollipop.

The reason why I like this wine is because it's lighter, more airy, and less oppressive on the palate than other NZ SB's. That's a nice change. But it's up against some stiff competition for $16 in its category. It doesn't have a special intrigue for those that dare wander over their scary $14 limit to keep them coming back. However, if you drop $16 on it you're gonna have a nice bottle of wine that you'll enjoy. So I'm giving it a 3 out of 5 for Satisfying.

Price: $16
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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