Country/Region: Marlborough, New Zealand*
Grapes involved: Sauvignon Blanc
Food pairings: alone as an aperitif, with seafood (especially shellfish – scallops would be dreamy), anything with citrus or lemongrass (NZ Sauv Blancs are one of the few non-Riesling wines I could see pairing well with Thai)
Point of order one: I’ve been working all day and got lazy on the picture – one will be forthcoming should I decide to dig out my phone and the bottle and have at it.
Point of order two: I opened this bottle a week ago and took some notes, and then decided today to see if it’d be possible to have half a glass while typing this up just to help refresh me on it. Corked wine usually starts to turn at about the four/five day point – this is a screw cap, and it’s still absolutely fine 8 days after first opening.** Color me impressed.
Alright. Most Sauvignon Blancs have a major grapefruit component to the nose and flavor. This one, not so much. My nose is screaming passionfruit at me, with hints of orange blossom and maybe honeysuckle. It’s mostly passionfruit. There’s maybe a touch of grass in there as well.
This wine is fairly light-bodied, crisp, and very acidic. Flavor-wise, it’s bright citrus – think tangerine more than grapefruit - passionfruit, something floral (I’m reverting again to orange blossom/neroli – something in that range), and maybe a hint of honeydew. It’s really bright, really dry, and leaves a long, lingering acidic/citrus flavor.
Overall, the Fire Road SB is like bottled sunshine, and fantastic on this oddly warm, humid day we’ve got today. I would say it’s definitely worth trying, especially if you’ve had enough of Cupcake or Kim Crawford and want to try something new.
Would I get this again: oh, oh yes.
As a fun comparison, check out my Peñalolen Sauvignon Blanc review from a few weeks ago. The Peñalolen is from Chile, and it’s all grass and hay. When put side by side with the Fire Road, you can get a really good idea as to the range of what this particular grape can do.
*If you like bright citrusy wines and have never had a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, do so immediately. If you like Sauvignon Blancs but have never had one from New Zealand, again, do so immediately. If you already know you like NZ SBs (I am not typing that out again), then search this one out, because it’s new and different and fun.
**If you’re wondering how on earth any wine survived more than a couple of days in this house, well, I was in a friend’s wedding. Not a lot of home drinking time this week. Also: tourney time = beer time. And wing time.