Kim Crawford First Pick Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Pale straw-yellow colour. Fresh lychee, white asparagus, and grassy on the nose. Ripe lemon or citrus flavours with notes of lychee and surprisingly, a touch of dried chinese liquorice sweetness surfaced. Medium to medium minus finish but good acidity here. A refreshing drink after a long day!

It’ll be interesting to pitch this against their sauvignon blanc in another bottling (that I liked), which is probably 50% more expensive. Haven’t seen this on the shelves in Singapore yet, and probably never will given the price point! Will definitely give the 2-bucks-chuck a run for their money.

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Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2007, Martinborough, New Zealand

Te Kairanga Runholder Pinot Noir 2007

Ruby-garnet core, cherry-rim with a tinge of orange hue. Earthy, dark ripe black fruits (think blackberries and blackcurrant) on the nose, layered with liquorice, tobacco, vanilla and dried mandarin peel. Similar flavours on the palate with the addition of mocha and dark chocolate. Silky smooth texture with a spicy medium plus finish. Bright acidity here with good structure. Absolutely excellent for the price point!

Drank this on the second night and the wine had mellowed somewhat, showing a more dried mandarin peel and dried asian hawthorn flavours. A little VA was detected initially but it went away. A little less exciting than the previous night.

Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2009

I fell in love with new zealand sauvignon blancs six years ago when I first tasted one at NewAsiaBar in Singapore with a bunch of friends. We were so captivated by the alluring lychee aromas that we went out searching for the same bottle the following day after the party. And when I opened this bottle a few days ago over some Thai dinner with LiqLushLeanne, I was pleasantly surprised and thrilled when I discovered the lychee aroma that seemed to be more elusive these days đŸ™‚

Appearance: Bright straw colour with pale rim.

Nose: Medium (+) intensity, pronounced aromas of lychee and pink guava, with distinctive new world gooseberry, herbaceous notes.

Palate/ Flavour: Dry, medium (+), crisp, refreshing acidity, low tannins and medium finish. Bursting with citrus (more lime than lemon) flavours and mineral notes. Prominent tastes of green apples and green papayas.

Overall: Absolutely wonderful with the sourish thai mango salad and spicy (mild) red curry with pork. Classic new zealand sauvignon blanc that’s value for money (I paid only USD16nett for a bottle).