Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

LCBO#: 293043
Price: $17.95
Made in: Blenheim, New Zealand
By: Brancott Estate Ltd
Year: 2016

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc gives out big fruity nose with grapefruit notes at first. Then the grape kicks in. The taste is fruity as well with some sweetness at the beginning, then some light sourness. All well-blended with some very light yeast tart in the finish. The finish is a little short, but what a great refreshing fruity white wine that is quite easy to drink. Not too sweet, just feels right overall… so when on special, jump on this one.

Rating: 4.2/5

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Kim Crawford Small Parcels Fizz

imageLCBO#: 381236
Price: $29.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford Wines
Year: 2009

Celebrating a big b-day, decided to try a pricier Sparkling, from a winery we like so far. Sour nose with citrus notes over the white grapes which seems on the sweet side, with hints of candy berries. The taste starts off with the sourness, going through the sugary grapes and finishes with a mix of dry mouthfeel, mild alcohol and tart from the yeast. The aftertaste is the weak spot here. The sweetness and sourness is good, but overall, not the best balanced Sparkling. Especially for the price. Gets better with time, releasing some nice apple notes.

Rating: 3.7/5

Oyster Bay Sparkling Cuvée Rosé

imageLCBO#: 280172
Price: $21.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Oyster Bay Wines

This Sparkling Rosé from New Zealand has a very light pink colour. Lots of yeasty aromas at first with mild berries. The taste is similar with the light raspberry and strawberry notes. Yeast lingers in the aftertaste. Not too sweet and a good dryness in the mouthfeel. The yeast eventually disappears in the nose, and sugar and vanilla appear. A good dry sparkling with the hints of berry sweetness.

Rating: 4.1/5

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

imageLCBO#: 35386
Price: $19.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Kim Crawford

Been eyeing Kim Crawford wines for a while, but always a little over our budget. From time to time it comes on special at the LCBO, so this time I jumped on it. Wow, am I glad too ! Bursting with aromas and flavours of tropical fruits. Great to drink alone. Even with red meat, it taste as good. Not much else to say about this great summer white wine. What are you waiting for… just buy it !!

Rating: 4.2/5

Kiwi Walk Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

kiwiLCBO#: 270462
Price: $17.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Yealands Estate Wines Ltd.
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

At first pour, aromas of outdated orange juice (like when it ferments – cause by the yeast). After breathing a bit, the orange juice becomes normal, with notes of grapefruit (and the yeast is gone). Pretty thick mouthfeel overall. Same citrus notes in the taste, a little milder, that is well-balanced between light sweetness and sourness. A touch of lemon and pepper in the finish. If you like hints of orange in your sparkling, you will like this. Or for mimosas lover that do not want to do the orange juice mixing.

Rating: N/A

Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc

20121126-210109.jpgLCBO#: 620062
Price: $13.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Monkey Bay
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
2010

This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc has a full fruity nose with citrus notes. Fresh tasting with lively grape flavours and hints of grapefruit and a mild sourness in the finish. A great white refreshing fruity wine.

Ratings: 3.8/5