This wine is lithe and expressive on the palate. Fruity, with Oro blanco grapefruit, passion fruit, and gooseberry, and herbal notes of chive and fresh bell pepper are balanced by crisp acidity. Though Savee Sea is a young brand, the owner is the son of the Vavasour family, which has lived in New Zealand since the end of the 19th century and been involved in the wine business there for more than 30 years.
Pairing: Grilled chicken or fish, goat cheese, sautéed vegetables, garden herbs, fennel, and saffron.
Far off in the Pacific Ocean would hardly seem like an ideal place to grow quality grapes for wine production, but that's exactly what New Zealand is. When someone says New Zealand wine, the first thing that automatically comes to most people's mind is Sauvignon Blanc. However, the "Kiwis" make much more wine than just that. In fact many different varietals are starting to be grown here with much success.
New Zealand has a very identifiable style. The whites, especially Sauvignon Blanc, are very bright in acidity, usually see minimal new oak, if any at all, and are very fruit forward with an herbaceous quality that surrounds them. The reds are very lean and often elegant. The Pinot Noirs are full of cranberries and rhubarb, while the red Bordeaux varietals are scented with red currant and green bell peppers.
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