Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc 2019
|Region||New Zealand, Marlborough, Awatere Valley|
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New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is a worldwide favorite. Marlborough, a district on the north end of New Zealand’s South Island, is synonymous with Sauvignon Blanc. That variety is, by far, the most planted grape in the nation. The Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc is a delicious example of Marlborough’s distinctive style. Crafted by legendary winemaker Kim Crawford, it shows a wonderful combination of peach, pink grapefruit and guava fruit scents followed by hints of lily and fresh herbs. The flavors of mouthwatering citrus, peach and tropical fruits are backed by subtle floral and herbal hints. The wine is refreshing, layered, richly textured and is a great match for most any seafood or poultry dish.
Peach, pear and citrus flavors are plump and juicy, with a thread of floral details and whiffs of lemongrass and dried mango on the finish. Drink now. 35,000 cases made, 35,000 cases imported.
The Crawfords surely picked one of the most marginal sites in Marlborough, almost directly on the coast and exposed to often harsh winds. The 2019 Sauvignon Blanc reveals some progress over the past two vintages, but it remains a bit short of my expectations. Hints of snow peas accent passion fruit notes on the nose, while the medium-bodied palate is concentrated but slightly one-dimensional, showing mostly grapefruit flavors. There's an attractive creaminess on the palate and a lingering finish, so this is on the right track.
Currently this vintage of Loveblock is ultrayoung, with what feels like a fair whack of sulfur overlaying the fruit. Peach, tropical fruit and honeysuckle are there, along with a flicker of something herbal. The palate is creamy with nicely balanced acidity and a bitter note on the finish.