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Wine: Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc

Vicar's Choice Sauvignon Blanc

I’m always on the hunt for a great wine at a great price. I love finding extraordinary finds under the $20 mark! New Zealand is one of those areas in the world that you can still find some phenominal prices for the quality and that brings us to the wine choice for today’s posting, Saint Clair Vicar’s Choice Sauvignon Blanc.

I am not a huge fan of the “Stelvin Closure”, or screw cap for we more normal folks, but I have adjusted and never judge a wine by the cap anymore. And most of the wines from down under are going to have a screw cap- I think of it these days more as an “easy access wine”!

So, pop- screw the bottle open and you get an immediate burst of citrus aroma wallop you right in the nose- you’re braced for a big punch of flavor as your tongue begins to salivate for the aroma of pink grapefruit. As this wonderful fruit bomb is poured, the wine glistens in the light revealing colors of pale straw with hints of green tints dancing happily around the bowl of the glass.

As you bring the vessel to your face the aromas intensify dramatically creating visions of passionfruit, blackcurrant, grapefruit and nettles with refreshing underlying mineral notes.  As you sip this nectar of a goddess, your tongue reveals the light creamy essence of a gooseberry on the tip evolving into more complex passionfruit and exploding into pink grapefruit by mid-palate lingering through the finish.

This is a very delicately balanced wine that avoids the feeling of high acidity as you sip through it making it very enjoyable served alone, or paired against a cheese, chicken, or seafood dish. This wine is a value coming in typically around $18 per bottle, recently the price has dropped for a while to $17.  Enjoy!

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