The Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s wine. This wine is imported to the US by WX Imports. It seems this wine sells in places where there is no Trader Joe’s for $13.99. CWF reviewed the 2017 vintage Tuatea and the Fearless Flyer back then mentioned his wine had some oak influence.
The typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a young wine fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks. Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux is often aged in oak, especially the more expensive age-worthy wines. Seeing oak-influenced Sauvignon Blanc in the value-price range is relatively new.
There is no technical information for the Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022, so the production of the 2017 vintage and the 2022 vintage may be different. The tasting notes on the back of the bottle mention “zesty citrus, guava, and understated lemongrass”. those flavors do not seem to reflect oak, so there may be a difference in vintages.
Marlborough is where the bulk of New Zealand wine comes from and there are plenty of quality Sauvignon Blanc vineyards to choose from. These inexpensive wines are typically a taste of Marlborough wines. They sourced grapes from a vineyard over there and a vineyard over here, and so on. Since the vineyards are very experienced at growing Sauvignon Blanc grapes this method can provide very excellent wines and good prices. The alcohol content is 13%.
The Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 Tasting Notes
The color is pale sunshine yellow. The nose is very pretty, with tropical fruit, peach, pear, lemon, a little melon, an appealing spicey note, stone fruit, and a floral edge. The Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is a tasty wine, the flavors are balanced and have good length.
This Sauvignon Blanc tastes like honey, green apples, peach, pear, a hint of green pepper (that seems like an odd flavor, but it works well), and nectarine. The mid-palate brings that salty/nutty “on lees” sensation, dried pineapple, syrup from a can of peaches, and tangerine. The acidity does its job well, the flavors fully unfold and it sets your palate up for the next sip.
- The Tuatea Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022 is a delicious wine.
- This is one of the better $6.99 wines available.