The Sunshine Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011 is a $6.99 exclusive imported (New Zealand) Aldi’s wine. Don’t be afraid, Aldi’s is the parent company of Trader Joe’s. This Sauvignon Blanc is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks and is made in a lighter, fruit forward style. The alcohol content is 12.5%.
The color is a pale butter yellow and a green tint that is so light, I am not sure if I am just seeing things. The nose is the usual wonderful Sauvignon Blanc mix of citrus and pineapple, pears and tropical flowers. This is a light bodied wine, but there is a very firm mouthfeel. It tastes of pineapple juice mixed with grapefruit juice, a light touch of fresh peach, a soft brush of minerality and a late hit of melon and lime. The acidity is nicely balanced, this would serve well paired with spicy dishes, but the acidity does not intrude into the flavor profile. The finish is longer than any $6.99 wine has a right to have.
The 2011 Sunshine Bay is a solid Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, a very tasty wine with a definite sense of the place it comes from. The Sunshine Bay is maybe a touch too much on the light side, a little more boldness would have really knocked this one out of the park. But, just the same, the Sunshine Bay is a terrific bargain.