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Wine of the week: 2016 Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 

Marlborough, New Zealand

Retail $18-$20

Loveblock from New Zealand's Marlborough region is a project by Kim Crawford, who almost singlehandedly put New Zealand sauvignon blanc on the map. The vineyard is situated on a hill overlooking the Awatere Valley. The bottling has the characteristics typical of this style of wine: It's bright and crisp with flavors of gooseberry, minerality, acid, white peach, citrus and more. But everything is well-distributed and no elements are out of place; its floral aspects don't conflict with the mint. Partial malolactic fermentation allows the freshness to remain but not overwhelm. Crawford also uses small amounts of arneis, pinot blanc and gewurztramanier grapes, which enhance the wine's subtlety and cohesion. Drink it with seafood, raw oysters, boiled shellfish, salads, asparagus, peas and broccoli. Buy it at: Brady's Wine Warehouse, Martin Wine Cellar in Uptown and Metairie, most Rouses and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Cava and Morton's The Steakhouse.


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