Sunday, January 29, 2017

Wine Review: Wither Hills Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Just a few days ago I published a review of Wither Hills 2012 Pinot Noir and today I'm publishing a review of their 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. Out of Marlborough, New Zealand, they're a winery that has embraced sustainable farming. All of their vineyards are Certified Sustainable Winegrowing (SWNZ). Two of their vineyards are Certified Organic (BioGrow NZ) and the others are in the process of earning that certification.

Wither Hills was founded in the best year of the modern era for entertainment: 1994. Don't believe me that it was? Look it up. Check out all the great movies released, albums dropped, and singles played. Let me give you a little sample in your glass...

Pulp Fiction
The Lion King, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption, Natural Born Killers, Speed, Dumb and Dumber, Clerks, The Crow, The Hudsucker Proxy, Interview With A Vampire, Legends of the Fall, The Little Rascals, Reality Bites, True Lies, Wes Craven's New Nightmare, Little Women.

Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral, Alice in Chains Jar of Flies, Beastie Boys Ill Communication, Green Day Dookie, Stone Temple Pilots Purple, Warren G Regulate...G Funk Era, Tori Amos Under the Pink,  Pink Floyd The Division Bell, The Offspring Smash, Hole Live Through This, Live Throwing Copper, Sonic Youth Experimental Jet Set, G Love & Special Sauce Self-Titled, Weezer Self-Titled, Arrested Development Zingalamaduni, Marilyn Manson Portrait of an American Family... and that's just the first six months of music!

1994 was an iconic year in entertainment, the likes of which we may never see again. And now that I've thrown my nostalgic love of the year out there for you, let's move on to the wine. The Wither Hills 2015 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc comes from various vineyards in Wairau Valley, within Marlborough. The grapes are made into wine separately by vineyard, on the lees in stainless steel, and then blended in the end to make the final wine that we have in this bottle.

The color of the wine is a light straw yellow with silvery edges. There's almost a toasty feel to the nose and aromas of lime, gooseberry, guava, chives and cilantra. It's medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Flavors of lemon-lime soda, lemon grass, melon, guava and celery are on the midpalate. It finishes with lemon-lime soda, guava, and a tingly dry mouthfeel.

I'm actually going to give this wine a perfect score for the price and I'll tell you why. The highly potent grapefruit-and-acid to the face that is most New Zealand Savignon Blancs (available in the USA for this price) is an all-well-and-fine profile. But it's everywhere. And at no point did I get any of that. This is more mellow in its fruit, more versatile with food, and the quality is absolutely there.

Wither Hills makes a NZSB that swims away from the other fish following the current, while still remaining true to its pond. I highly recommend that you give it a shot. If you don't like it and wish to remain on the grapefruit train then I applaud you for at least venturing out. :)

Price: $13
Rating: 5/5 = Highly Recommended (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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