Sunday, April 12, 2020

Chasing Venus Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2019


April is Matchbook Wine Company Month, with reviews focusing on their wine all month! To see all of my reviews by this winery for the last five years, check out my Matchbook label. To learn about their history, read my article "A Brief History of Matchbook Wine Company".

Although they're located in California's Dunnigan Hills, Chasing Venus is their New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc project out of the McLean vineyard in Marlborough. As much as I love Matchbook overall as a winery, I have always been honest about the ones that I just didn't dig (as I am with every wine). My reviews on previous vintages of this? Not all that good. The 2018 got a 2 out of 5. My review on this vintage? Much, much better. Drastically better.

Yes, it's clearly a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but it isn't the "POW, NEW ZEALAND PUNCH TO FRIGGIN' FACE!" that I've grown weary of. The acidity isn't out of control and it's got this lovely silky mouthfeel that coats your teeth and tongue on the finish. I get more passion fruit than anything on the nose and palate, but there's also lime, gooseberry, and freshly cut chives. And I don't feel like my mouth was assaulted after I swallow. I feel completely happy and like I want more!

What a huge turnaround this wine took. It's not pungent and intrusive. It's in harmony with all of its components and a real joy to drink. Chase down some of this 2019 Chasing Venus!

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $16
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / 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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