Thursday, January 10, 2019

Wine Review: Chasing Venus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018


Matchbook Wine Company is back yet again on the blog, and this is wine #4 of 4 that I'm reviewing for this go-around. The Arsonist Red Blend 2016 was my January Wine Pick, I've already reviewed Matchbook Estate Bottled Petite Sirah 2016 and Tinto Rey Verdejo 2017 and now I'm concluding with Chasing Venus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018.

To learn more about Matchbook Wine Company, one of my favorite wineries, you can read all about their great story in my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Chasing Venus is named after the mission given to the astronomers that traveled with Captain Cook in 1769 to study Venus while he explored the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, where he discovered New Zealand and Australia. By tracking where Venus was in the sky in these areas during different times, they were able to calculate how far away the Sun is from Earth for the very first time.

58% of the 2018 vintage is from their McLean vineyard while 42% is from their Comely Bank vineyard, and it has a 13% ABV. Back in July of 2015 I reviewed the 2016 vintage and in May of 2018 I reviewed the 2017 vintage.

The color of the wine is an ultra pale yellow, which is actually darker than the previous vintages which were almost as clear as water. On the nose there's aromas of grapefruit, lime peel, lemon grass, and a little bit of spearmint. On the palate it's medium bodied with a slightly grainy mouthfeel and a tart acidity. There's flavors of grapefruit, lime candy, and red pepper. The hummus flavor that I got off the 2017 vintage hasn't returned. Then it finishes with lime candy, red pepper, a silky coating, and tartness.

There is a damn good chance that I'm just NZSB'd out and sick of the style entirely right now, while NZSB fans might enjoy it, but I'm just not diggin' this. Especially the finish, even though the descriptors sound like I should love it.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $16
Rating: 2/5 = Not Impressive (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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