By way of background: New Zealand is a classic region for sauvignon blanc. What makes today's tasting a bit unique is the full seven years of aging between the vintage date and the first sampling. Will it turn the sharp classic grasses and stainless steel of these wines into a whole new experience?
Original tasting and review : This is Crossroads Winery Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2007, finished at 12.5% alcohol, first sampled in 2014.
In the glass: Light yellow with pale hints of olive and green.
On the nose: Poured at cool cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows grass and hay muddled with some light motor oil. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright but layered.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact vibrantly flavorful grassy hay, layered with a very faint sugar wash. Lemony acids draw the sip up into your cheeks after a long lag time. There the sip sits for quite awhile, dripping a softer lemon candy finish. This has held up gracefully to age and hasn't relinquished the classic elements of the terroir.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
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