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NZ Sauvignon Blanc

kriminalrat Oct 6, 2013 01:34 PM

I tasted a Kim Crawford and a Starborough blind and was hard pressed to find a discern able difference. Maybe I have an unrefined palate but are a lot of the marlborough sb's similar? Anyone have a favorite in the $10-20 range?

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    zin1953 RE: kriminalrat Oct 6, 2013 03:21 PM

    Isabel. Seresin. Spy Valley. Huia.

    1. ChefJune RE: kriminalrat Oct 8, 2013 09:42 AM


      1. Robert Lauriston RE: kriminalrat Oct 8, 2013 10:43 AM

        They are similar. I've been buying Sauvignon Republic from Trader Joe's for $8. I've tasted a couple of cheaper ones that were kind of bland.

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          Leibowitz RE: kriminalrat Oct 9, 2013 03:47 AM

          My wife, a strange one.

          She loves cheap New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (New Harbour is her favourite), but intensely dislikes the classic examples (Cloudy Bay or Dog Point, for examples). She hates Kim Crawford. Loves Kiwi Walk, or whatever that's called. Hates Oyster Bay (fair enough, I guess).

          My problem is this: I know she likes this particular wine, but if I'm at a shop that doesn't have it, I don't know what to get.

          I've been trying out more complex Marlboroughs on her, but she hates them.

          So, I'd say check out her favourite: New Harbour.

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            tvmovielover RE: kriminalrat Oct 9, 2013 04:40 AM

            I like the cheap ones for my glass or two while making dinner and they are all fairly similar. Brancott Estate is usually reliable (tastes grapefruit like to me) and 2012 is available in a lot of place right now for $10 or a little less. My current favorite more expensive one is Whitehaven ranging from 12 to 16 in price. I just got New Harbour but have not tried it yet. Monkey Bay and Nobilio are also good when on sale.

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              kriminalrat RE: kriminalrat Oct 26, 2013 07:39 AM

              I've been reading a lot of articles saying that marlbourough sb's are overpriced and overproducing....is this true? I've noticed that many fall in the $10 range and are similar...is there any expression of different terroir in this region?

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                Robert Lauriston RE: kriminalrat Oct 26, 2013 11:45 AM

                To my taste, the most expensive ones aren't different enough from the best of the under-$10 to justify the extra cost.

                The $8 Sauvignon Republic I've been buying certainly doesn't seem overpriced to me.

              2. sandiasingh RE: kriminalrat Oct 26, 2013 07:43 AM

                Cloudy Bay SV from Marlborough. It usually runs a bit over $20.

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                  ChefJune RE: sandiasingh Oct 29, 2013 09:49 AM

                  It's closer to $30 in New York, and imho, not worth it. Not when Babich (I like it just as well) is only $12.

                2. byrd RE: kriminalrat Nov 6, 2013 04:21 AM

                  Villa Maria
                  Depending on location in the $10 - $15 range...

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