The 2012 Nobilo Regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from multiple Nobilo estate vineyards in the Wairau and Awatere sub regions of the Marlborough grape growing region in the Northeast corner of the South Island in New Zealand. The grapes were picked at night, the heat of the day evaporates a little of the juice inside the grapes, so they wait to the temperatures cools before harvesting the grapes. Each lot of grapes from the individual vineyards is fermented separately in stainless steel tanks and then are blended to the winemakers specifications. The alcohol content is 12.5%. I found the Nobilo for $8.99 and it can often be found for under $10.
The color is a crystal clear, pale golden yellow. The nose is grassy with tropical fruit and citrus, along with lemon chiffon and magnolia. This Sauv Blanc has a silky mouth feel and a good balance of ripe fruit and citrus flavors and acidity. It starts with a mix of melon, pineapple, green apple and lime. The grassy note that you get in many NZ Sauvignon Blancs muted in the Nobilo. The mid palate brings a brush of minerality along with a little peach and grapefruit. There is a solid amount of balanced acidity running thru the body of this wine, this is a Sauv Blanc made to be paired with food. The finish is tart citrus and lasts a long time.
The 2012 Nobilo regional Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is a very solid under 10 buck wine. The flavors are very appealing, the nose is beautiful and the acidity is spot on. Pair this Sauv Blanc with fancy salads, fish on the grill or fresh seafood, cold shrimp or crab legs. Or just drink it, it is a wonderful summer wine and it has enough body and flavor to stay in the rotation when the weather turns cold.