Marlborough wines, minerally wines, New Zealand wines, poetry, Two Sisters Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine
Check out this glorious piece of poetry from Wine Enthusiast:
This medium-bodied wine shows a remarkable evolution on the palate, where it accelerates through tight, reined-in notions of gun flint and vague leafiness to pinwheels of pink grapefruit and tomato leaf by the long finish.
As you may know, I am as much a connoisseur of wine descriptions as I am of the wines themselves. This one is a doozy. When I tasted the wine myself, I noted a strong mineral element, much more pronounced than in a typical Marlborough Sauv Blanc. Together with the flinty flavors there were lemon and a savor which I could only describe as “green.” The wine is bracingly crisp, with a good balance of sugar and acidity. Altogether, a good wine when you don’t mind investing a few extra dollars ($17.99). If you like a stony Chablis or Chenin Blanc, this may be the one for you.
robert okaji said:
Gun flint and tomato leaf? Hmm.
I don’t know about the gun flint, but I have definitely smelled wines that were like tomato leaf. The only other way I can describe it is a “green” smell.
I especially love ‘vague leafiness’ and will be using it in the future. Someone may punch me but I am willing to take that risk. I once heard someone describe a particularly ‘green’ tasting New Zealand Sav Blanc as tasting of ‘sweaty socks’. Ummmm, delicious?
Ah, I usually hear that in regard to Pinot Noir. Also that it is “gamey” or “funky.” A hint of “gym shoe”! LOL. That’s OK in moderation with a red, but I would not like it in a white!
Sometimes the grassier SB’s also have a whiff of “cat piss.” Not my favorites, I must admit.
Hell yes! read the description … (i’d be sorta scared to axually drink it, as in my neanderthal mind there’d be descriptions like “OOOK! wine good! me like this wine!”)
LOL. Those are OK too. The first thing that comes to mind when I taste a wine is either “Ooooh, me like” or “Ooooh, WTF?!”
Sounds beautiful. That “leafiness or “green” note sounds familiar. Sounds like a more accurate term that gets lost in a more general and common term, “earthy.” Peaty might be close as a nose, but that is still pretty specific.
Anyway, sounds like a Sauv Blanc I’d like to try.
I usually associate the earthy flavors with reds, but an earthy or peaty white might be interesting! Maybe a Chablis.
Peaty? Not for me then.. only in whisky w then in moderation! I like ’em fruity zesty flowery and not too acidy 🙂
Yes, my favorite style of SB is the Marlborough NZ style, very flowery with a bit of citrus.
What the hell does a tomato leaf taste like? I should know. I once spent an afternoon with friends ” playing” with a wine scent kit that had about 40 viles of scent, all of which are supposedly found in some wines. Cat Piss was among them.
Oooh, a wine scent kit! Now that’s my idea of a sex toy 🙂 I have never actually tasted a tomato leaf, but they have a very distinctive smell. Just thinking of that smell makes me pine for my summer garden! My supply of frozen roasted tomatoes from last year has almost run out.
Oh! I never thought of freezing roasted tomatoes, although we get great ones year round here in Mexico. I make slow roasted tomatoes ( really slow) with garlic, olive oil and flat leaf parsley. The cherries or grapes make a great spread, dip because they’re so small.
wine aroma kits – here’s one http://www.wineware.co.uk/le-nez-du-vin-54-aromas-wine-aroma-kit ( I happen to have my VPN on UK right now)
Ah, thanks! Yes, the tomatoes freeze pretty well. You probably don’t need to since you have good tomatoes year round. But if you make a really big batch, it’s a tip.
Hmm… that sounds delicious! I can’t wait for patio weather.
You said it!!!
I do know how much you enjoy the lyrical descriptions. And for the most part, I still believe that most winemakers (and marketers) still fall securely under the umbrella of ‘reasonable’ in their taste and aroma ads, but good heavens, you should read some of the whisky bottle backs. Talk about over the deep end. There are times when I will refuse to buy a great whisky simply because the distillery decided to employ a daft marketing company that has made their product laughable with their descriptions. ‘Slight scrapings off the inside of a petrol can, the inner bud of a heather shoot, brine from the most northern tip of the north atlantic.’ I could go on. You get my point. 😛
LOL. I think I would love that. The weirder, the better! Especially if it’s a great whiskey.