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2013 Three Brooms Sauvignon Blanc 

Marlborough, New Zealand

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Retail $13-$18

Even though sauvignon blanc was introduced to New Zealand's Marlborough region just a few decades ago, the area produces wines that rival bottlings from renowned old-world producers in areas such as France's Loire Valley. This single-vineyard bottling comes from Blind River in Marlborough's Awatere Valley in the northwestern region of New Zealand's South Island. This wine is from the 2013 harvest. It was made using old-world vinification practices, which means the use of French yeast, battonage (hand stirring the must on the lees) and keeping the wine cool throughout the process. The wine doesn't touch oak, because that would dull the brightness of the fruit on the nose and palate. The bouquet offers aromas of tart fruit, green apples, kiwi and guava with hints of jalapeno. On the palate, taste passion fruit, lime zest, grapefruit and flinty minerality. Drink it as an aperitif or with peppery Asian, Indian, Cajun or Mexican cuisines, fried kale salad, artichokes, asparagus, avocados, raw oysters, seafood, white meats and soft cheeses. Buy it at: Rouses on Tchoupitoulas Street, Sidney's Wine Cellar, Faubourg Wines, Bacchanal, Dorignac's and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: St. Lawrence and Mat and Naddie's.

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