About This Wine
“I remember when I first learned about the flavors of traditional Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.”
Those are the words of the winemaker for Tuakana, referring to the wonderful array of fruit impressions that the variety conveys when grown in the special soils of one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed grape-growing areas. For many people, New Zealand wines were totally off the radar until they discovered the country’s personality-packed Sauvignon Blanc.
The language of New Zealand’s indigenous people is Maori, and in that language, a “Tuakana” is a special teacher or life guide. Given the winemaker’s introduction to Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, it’s an apt name for this special wine.
A perfect pairing partner for ceviche, grilled fish or oysters on the half-shell, it’s particularly enjoyable during the warm summer months when our palates embrace lighter fare. Clean, crisp, bright and fresh, it’s a zesty wine that you will long remember.
About Sauvignon Blanc
Notable "grassy" aroma, often with notes of apple and citrus fruits. High acidity. Can amaze as a late harvest wine, with rich and complex flavors.
- Grape Composition:92.8% Sauvignon Blanc and 7.2% Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Marlborough Growing Region of New Zealand
- Aromas & Flavors:Green Apple, Lime, Bell Pepper, Citrus, Kiwi and Passion Fruit
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2020
- Food Pairing Suggestionceviche, grilled fish, a summer salad, or oysters on the half-shell.
30 recipes match for this wine.
Papaya Pear Mango Salsa Normally, we provide Vinesse members with complete recipes for wine-friendly fare. This month, however, we thought we'd share a pair of &amp;quot;topping&amp;quot; recipes that will bring any number of main course selections to life. We begin with this salsa recipe from our friends at Sonoma County's Kenwood Vineyards. Try it over sea bass, halibut, salmon for a palate-awakening change of pace, and enjoy it with Sauvignon Blanc, White Bordeaux, almost any white blend. Get The Recipe
Easy To Make Guacamole There is no better &amp;quot;appetizer&amp;quot; for a summertime backyard barbecue than chips and guacamole. Try this version with a well-chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc, dry sparkling wine - and don't be surprised if you have to go back and make more. Get The Recipe
Citrus Roasted Chicken With Basil Cream Sauvignon Blanc is among the most flavorful and refreshing wines on Earth. But the characteristics that make it unique -- its relatively high acid level, its &quot;grassy&quot; impression in the nose, its mild herbal flavors in the mouth -- also render it a real challenge to pair with food. But we've found a recipe that works beautifully, primarily because... Get The RecipeSmoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette With almost any type of salad, we suggest Sauvignon Blanc as a well-matched wine. But because of the cranberry flavor featured in this recipe, you may want to try a wine that includes cranberry among its aromas and flavors. We tried it with a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, and it turned out to be an intriguing and enticing combination. Get The Recipe
Scallop Stir Fry It recently was reported that President Barack Obama is a big fan of scallops -- those velvety, succulent treats from the sea. But scallops may not be the first thing you think of when you get the urge to take a wok on the wild side. We predict that will change once you've tried this recipe. It makes 4 servings, and matches beautifully with... Get The Recipe