Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc Review, Tasting Notes, Food Pairing Recipes - Marlborough New Zealand Sauvignon BlancPicton Bay Sauvignon Blanc Review from Marlborough, New Zealand

Vintage: 2015

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Another awesome find from my local Trader Joe’s, the Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc is a delightfully refreshing, fruity and light-bodied Sauv that you can find for as little as $6.99 in many markets. It’s currently one of our top picks for a Summer white wine from Trader Joe’s.

Not only is this a great white wine selection for your summer time sipping occasions, it’s also from the most notable New World Sauvignon Blanc Wine Region of Marlborough in New Zealand. Sure, great tasting Sauvignon Blanc exists in other regions, such as Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé in the Loire Valley in Northwestern France, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find similar quality elsewhere.

Related: See our list of the best wines from Trader Joe’s, from red, white to sparkling and sweet

Plus, Marlborough Sauv’s exude a refreshingly herbaceous, citrus and tree-fruit aroma and flavor that can’t be found elsewhere in the world. Especially at a $7 price point.

READ: 7 of the most beautiful wine regions throughout New Zealand

One last little surprise with this unit of a white wine… not unlike Vinho Verde from Portugal, it incorporates a very very slight hint of effervescence. I love a tad bit of bubbly without it overtaking the wine.

Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes

This is one of the prettiest Sauvignon Blanc’s I’ve come across this year. The color alone in the glass is enough to make you want to drink it. Remarkable clarity, a pure light-straw-lemon colored hue with subtle green nuances around the rim indicating relative youth. The nose is very aromatic, (be sure to swish before smelling for the best tones) with notes of lychee, lemon-zest, green apple, pear, fresh cut grass and gooseberry.

On the opening palate expect a light-bodied, fruity open with soft-medium acidity. Refreshing notes of white peach, melon, grapefruit, lemon-lime and soft white spices tickle the taste buds. Progressing towards the mid-palate, expect some calcerous mineral tones, jalapeño, dried leaves, lychee and a hint of green apple. Approaching the close, the wine lingers slightly on the tongue maintaining well balanced yet not overpowering acidity over a citrus-fruit, medium finish.

Completely dry, this wine explores some of the more tropical flavors found in Marlborough Sauv’s but still maintains the soft herbaceous, tree and citrus fruit elements.

Picton Bay Food Pairing Recipes

This is an ideal white wine to drink solo on a warm summer evening. If you’re inclined to pair your Sauvignon Blanc with food, this goes well with a refreshing goat cheese and apple salad. If you’d like to incorporate more complexity into your salad, Avocado, Red Pepper, Cilantro and Tomato-kale salad with squeezed lime is also a fantastic vegetarian choice.

But what about the protein, you ask. Your best bet is to go with a lighter-bodied, citrus-based fish dish, such as this Pan-seared Grouper with Lemon and White Wine. If you’d like to go a little heavier, you’d be able to get away with this Pan-Seared Lamb Chops with Toasted Bread Crumb Salsa recipe. Better yet, take a look at any number of the 10 best Chili-Lime Meatball Recipes out there courtesy of Yummly.


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