Why should you care? Although very few New Zealand wines are exorbitantly expensive, the average price for the country’s wines is hardly cheap. That’s because, in contrast to places like Argentina, Chile, Australia, South Africa and Spain, where land and/or labor costs are lower, New Zealand produces virtually no creditable wines for less than ten bucks. But I tasted a sauvignon blanc the other day that sells for just a couple bucks more than that and is way better than merely well-made: it’s a brisk, nicely concentrated, classic example of Marlborough sauvignon blanc—all the more miraculous because over 100,000 cases were produced.
What does it taste like? The Kono 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, a brand owned by Tohu Wines, offers pure but shy aromas of gooseberry, pepper and fresh herbs. It shows a typical sauvignon blanc herbaceousness, but with a pliant texture and good ripeness to its piquant flavors of lime, grapefruit pith and crushed herbs. For a wine that’s widely available for $9.99, this sauvignon has serious palate presence. The brisk finish features firm, lingering flavors of lime, green tropical fruits and salty minerality.
How much does it cost, and where can you find it? $12; Total Beverage Solution.