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The Picton Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is $7.99 at Trader Joe’s and sells for about $12.99 in places that Trader Joe’s does not serve. There is an actual Picton Bay winery. Usually, these wines are a brand made especially for TJ’s by a custom wine producer. The Picton Bay is a brand by Mount Riley Wines and this may be an estate-grown wine. They have an impressive winery with an excellent view so clicking on Mount Riley is worth the effort.
Marlborough is located on the north-east corner of New Zealand’s South Island and 85% of the wines exported from New Zealand come from here. The Picton Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is a young wine made in stainless steel vats with nooak aging. These are simply produced wines that showcase the excellence of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc grapes.
This is intended to be a classic New Zealand Sauv Blanc, top quality at an affordable price. The alcohol content is 12.5%.
The Picton Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 Tasting Notes
The color is very pale wheat yellow. The nose is not shy the aromas jump out of the glass from a foot away, there is green apple, melon, peach, ripe pear, a grassy note, followed by pineapple, and guava. The Picton Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 has a medium mouthfeel with strong flavors and excellent balance.
This Sauvignon Blanc tastes like peach, apple, melon, and a little spice, along with tropical fruit and a hint of orange blossom honey. The mid-palate mirrors the main body of the wine but does add nectarine, Anjou pear, and tart lime. The acidity is very well controlled, and value-priced New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc can get a little spikey, but this one gets it right.
- The Picton Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 delivers for eight bucks.
- You can pay more for a young affordable NZ Sauv Blanc, but it would be hard to get better.