2016 Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc - Trinity Hill Wines
Pungent gooseberry, wild dandelion, grapefruit juice. Lime zest, cool fog, tart kiwi. Clean greens and sour grass, crushed gravel and raw minerals. High energy and zingy, showing off a bite of green apple tartness along with present but mild pyrazines. Linear and relatively straightforward featuring bright acidity and pleasant freshness. Somewhat relaxed yet still fun and interesting - although not necessarily complex or contemplative. This 2016 Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc by Trinity Hill Wines is a well made and refreshing Sauv Blanc from New Zealand's North Island.
New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has become one of the most popular and widely distributed white wines in the entire world. Thanks to a suitable cool climate, sufficient international demand, and plenty of available and affordable farmland, plantings of this high-yielding grape have taken over much of the NZ countryside. Since the topography in regions like Marlborough allows farming to be done largely mechanically the cost to grow Sauv Blanc here can be kept quite low - which allows for the creation of good quality yet affordably priced wines. Today about 80% of New Zealand's vineyards are currently planted the grape. This bottling, crafted by Trinity Hill Wines using 100% Sauvignon Blanc grown in Hawkes Bay, is a fun take on NZ's flagship varietal. While still quite zingy and full of life this wine has been mellowed slightly by a bit of bottle age. It is simple and refreshing in all the right ways without any pretense or pomp. An ice-cold NZ SB is always a great choice to beat the coming summer heat.