Kumeu River Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005

I picked up 6 bottles of this as part of a mixed case special at Blanchard’s for $77 for the case (there are also 6 bottles of a Côte du Ventoux that I’ll review soon). I’ve had a few case deals of theirs over the past year that have all been good, so I was pretty optimistic about this one.

I’ve had a pretty wide variety of Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs I’ve had in the past, but this is definitely the most full-bodied, fruit-forward of the bunch. My initial impression was of lots of lime, but there’s also notes of pear, melon, and strawberry. The bottle recommends pairing with seafood, but we had it with a stir-fry that matched quite well, as would many other spicy foods like Thai or Mexican. This is a very distinctive wine with plenty of body, flavor, and complexity. 90 points.

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