Saturday, July 7, 2012

Review: Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2011


When William first asked me to contribute to this blog, I was so excited! My passion & obsession with New Zealand wine is undeniable, and I was looking forward to having somewhere to share & discuss it more. Although I have never been a blogger, I am hoping this will be a fun opportunity & allow me to share my love for NZ wine, people & culture. I even recently visited New Zealand (and am already planning to go back in a few months), as my love for the country has grown exponentially over the last few years & I couldn't take it anymore...I just had to go!

For my first post, I wanted to share my wine of choice for any season, any day of the week. The first bottle I want to introduce you to is Nobilo Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc (http://nobilo.co.nz/). While I am a big wine drinker, you will notice NZ Sauv Blanc is my absolute favorite, & I will choose it most frequently simply because I know it delivers on flavor, and is crisp, clean & easy to drink. I've even gotten my Mom hooked on it, and she's adamant about not being a white wine drinker!

Nobilo has a beautiful, elegant label, offering just a hint of the lovely wine you will experience when you open it (although I always say not to judge a wine on the label!). This bottle also has a screw top. DO NOT be alarmed! I know many people (Americans especially) have the impression that screw tops=bad wine. This is NOT the case. In fact, the cork industry admits 2.5% of cork in the world is tainted (although wineries believe this number is as high as 15%), which wastes a LOT of wine. New Zealand has almost exclusively moved to screw tops, a move I fully support as it is environmentally friendly, and most importantly, saves product. Although corks are necessary for wines that will be laid down to age for 10+ years, screw tops are a great alternative as statistics show 80% of wine purchased in the USA is consumed within 48 hours of purchase, and 98% is consumed within six months. Something to keep in mind the next time you shy away from buying a bottle of wine simply because it is a screw top.

One of the best things about Nobilo Regional Collection is that it is so reasonable. You can often times find it on sale for $9.99 a bottle. I take advantage of what many grocery stores offer now with an additional 10% off when you buy 6 bottles or more, and I will buy 6 (or 12) bottles for $9 each and stock up. You will ALWAYS see at least a case of Nobilo at my house.

A few facts about Nobilo Regional Collection:
  • -Vibrant notes of citrus & tropical fruit with hints of florals & herbs, this is an incredibly well balanced wine, perfect to accompany a wide variety of meals
  • -It received 89 points from Wine Spectator…not too shabby for a bottle under $10!
  • -Currently selling the 2011 vintage, but I’ve been drinking this wine for years and it is incredibly reliable, no matter what year it is
  • -14.0% Alcohol
So, I’d like to know, have you tried Nobilo Regional Collection? What are your thoughts?
Stay tuned for more Nobilo reviews including a comparison of their Icon Sauv Blanc soon!

More Information:
-A fun feature on the Nobilo website is their Food Match section which highlights recipes they think pair well with their wines.
-Head Winemaker: Dave Edmonds. He was born in New Zealand, trained in New Zealand, took a short jaunt in California for a few vintages, but returned to New Zealand & is in his 10th year with Nobilo. His passion is Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
-Nobilo has a Tasting Room in both Auckland and Marlborough, making it easily accessible to visit if you're ever in New Zealand, and I recommend it!

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