By Kori ~ January 8th, 2014.
Would you like a quick suggestion for a good wine to drink tonight (or this weekend) that won’t break your budget and is widely available? If so, you might want to check out the 2012 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc from the famed Marlborough region of New Zealand.
Our selection criteria include:
- A very good Quality rating of >=3.5 stars (out of 5)
- A price tag of <=$20
- Must be widely available
Regular readers know that we are big fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the country’s flagship wine. Stoneleigh Vineyards is another producer worth checking out. Located on the northern side of Marlborough’s Wairau Valley, Stoneleigh came on the scene in the late 1980’s. The winery gets its name from the abundance of stones that cover the area. The stony soils and slightly warmer climate of the area produces fruit that ripens earlier than other regions of Marlborough. The Stoneleigh vineyard is home to some of the oldest grafted Sauvignon Blanc blocks in Marlborough.
“The 2012 vintage, a naturally low-yielding year, has delivered fruit full of flavour and the Stoneleigh tropical fruit ripeness that we have come to expect. Another classic Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc featuring fantastically ripe fruit displaying tropical notes with an underlying citrus edge. Crisp, vibrant and lively—this is a very pleasing wine.” –Jamie Marfell, Winemaker
2012 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand): Very pale straw yellow in color. Aromatic with grapefruit, lime, and tropical fruit on both the nose and palate. Dry and light-bodied with racy acidity and a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 3.5 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 3 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $15.99; Available elsewhere, $10 to $17
Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, New Zealand Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25