kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


2006 Spy Valley Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

I know it may seem like I am always waxing poetic about my love for New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, but what can I say? I haven't met one that I don't like. It's my favorite white varietal right now--so food-friendly and refreshing. I love the grassy, herby and citrusy notes.

This past weekend, I tried the 2006 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand winery Spy Valley. Last year, when I attended the NZ trade tasting in DC, I had the pleasure of attending a sit down tasting of NZ Pinots facilitated by Spy Valley winemaker Ant Mackenzie, and then chatting with him a bit afterwards after Spy Valley wines, and NZ wines in general.

Ant wasn't at the DC festival this past weekend, but a woman representing NZ wineries said that Ant thinks the 2006 Sauvignon Blanc is one of their best recent vintages. I couldn't agree more.--the wine stopped me dead in my tracks. There is a lot of passionfruit on the nose, followed by lime and some "flintiness" on the palate. The acidity is balanced by fruit and weight (due to ageing on the lees...), and it's just an overall damn fantastic wine.

If you enjoy NZ Sauvignon Blanc, run, do not walk, to your nearest wine store and grab a case of this gem.