Brancott Sauvingon Blanc

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Although, we are usually fans of Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, New Zealand, this particular bottle is an exception. The nose is pungent grass, vinegar and vegetable, with unidentifiable and equally unpersuasive fruit lurking in the background. If you are still skeptical about this wines flavor potential, be forewarned, it is pure pickle juice on the palate. When warmer weather beckons for a refreshing white, skip Brancott and turn to this previously reviewed wine.

Kono Sauvignon Blanc

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The nose is primarily tropical fruit, with some bell pepper and wet concrete lurking in the background. On the palate, the tropical fruit takes a back seat to citrus—and bracing acidity.

Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc

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Pretty much everything you want in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Plenty of gooseberry, citrus, and siltstone. The palate offers crisp acidity and enticing tropical fruit. (Note: we have recently seen the 2010 vintage in the stores. We hope it is as good as the 2009, but we have not yet tasted it.)

Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc

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We weren’t sure what to expect with this extremely pale Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand. The first sniff revealed an abundance of tropical fruit, complemented by some light citrus notes. There wasn’t much in the way of nettle or green pepper aromas, though, which is what a lot of people look for in a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. But those who prefer the more fruit-forward style are likely to be pleased with this one. On the tongue, you get a bit of minerality (wet concrete?) that’s lacking in the nose, and the acidity is just about right. Though not the best sub-$10 NZ Sauvignon Blanc we’ve ever had, this is still a very good value.