WINES OF THE WEEK

The Observer (Sarnia) - - LIFE -

Cloudy Bay Vine­yards 2015 Sau­vi­gnon Blanc Marl­bor­ough

New Zealand BC $33.99 (304469) AB $35 (304469) MB $35.49 (304469) ON $34.95 (304469)

The 30th an­niver­sary vin­tage at Cloudy Bay was marked by ex­tremely dry con­di­tions, which re­sulted in re­duced crop lev­els and the sec­ond ear­li­est fin­ish to har­vest at the trend­set­ting win­ery. Made in a crisp and re­fresh­ing style, this show­cases bright cit­rus and trop­i­cal notes with nice con­cen­tra­tion on the palate. Less ex­u­ber­ant than more af­ford­able mod­els of Marl­bor­ough Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, the depth and nu­ance of­fered here make it a stand­out. It’s back to its clas­sic form.

Stoneleigh Vine­yards 2015 Sau­vi­gnon Blanc Marl­bor­ough

New Zealand BC $16.49 (293043) AB $17 (293043) MB $17.99 (293043) ON $17.95 (293043)

Stoneleigh can be counted on to de­liver a ripe, trop­i­cal ex­pres­sion of Sau­vi­gnon Blanc from Marl­bor­ough. The house style has al­ways em­braced ripe fruit over ag­gres­sive green notes, which adds greatly to its mass ap­peal. The cur­rent re­lease is nicely bal­anced with ap­peal­ing fruit and re­fresh­ing acid­ity that make it an en­joy­able op­tion to sip by it­self or with del­i­cate fish or seafood dishes.

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