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The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Awatere Valley, Marlborough

Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2010

I’ve had my eye on this wine for a few weeks, since it came into the wine store where I work.  Since it’s Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region of New Zealand (one of my favorite varieties of wine), and just $11.99, I thought I gotta take a bottle home with me.  

I like that New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is racier, more pungent, more citrusy, and in general, just more full of flavor and personality than California Sauvignon Blanc, which tends to be rounder.  Of course this will depend on the winemaker’s unique stamp on the wine, where it was grown, and how it was fermented and aged, but you can usually tell straight away if you’re sniffing/sipping a New Zealand SB as opposed to one from California.

The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2010

My impressions: redolent of cut grass, citrus aromas, passionfruit.  Vibrant and racy with piercing acidity, intense fruit flavor, and a nice, long lemon-lime like finish.  I didn’t enjoy it quite as much the Frenzy Sauvignon Blanc, also from New Zealand, which I wrote about recently.

Winemaker’s notes:
The colour: Vivid with an eyecatchingly subtle green hue.
Bouquet: Dried cut grass with herb and stoneflint compliment passionfruit and pungent citrusy aromas.
Palate: Opens with a wonderfully vibrant freshness, developing floral and peachy aromas. Ripe zesty citrus flavours build through the succulent juicy acidity and signature minerality of the long finish.

Food Pairing

New Zealand styles of Sauvignon Blanc pair well with shellfish and other light seafood dishes, goat cheese and other soft, mild cheeses, tomato-based dishes and sauces, herb dishes, especially those with cilantro, raw tomatoes, salads, veggies.


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Kimberly Houston


2 Responses to “The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Awatere Valley, Marlborough”

  1. George says:

    We also recently enjoyed “The Crossings” SB from NZ at Beauchaine’s on Topsail. I’d like to get some more. What store in Wilm area that carries it?

  2. I’ve seen this wine at both Temptations locations — the one in Porter’s Neck and the other one at Hanover Center — but also, Harris Teeter actually carries it! : )

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