A Wine for Tonight: 2012 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc

By Kori ~ October 30th, 2013.

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 Brancott Estate 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

Brancott Estate, located in Blenheim, New Zealand, was founded in 1934. Originally known as Montana Wines, Brancott Estate got its current name from Brancott Vineyard, which is its original Marlborough vineyard and home. In 1973, Brancott Vineyard was the site of the first Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough. Chief winemaker Patrick Materman joined Brancott Estate in 1990. Brancott is a founding member of New Zealand’s original sustainable winegrowing initiative established in 1995. Regular readers know that we are big fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, the country’s flagship wine. Brancott Estate has long been one of our favorite producers. We had the pleasure to visit the winery when we were in New Zealand in 2005.

“Aromas of sweet, ripe fruit reminiscent of white stone fruit and citrus blossom are apparent with a crisp nettle freshness. The wine displays full fruit intensity with hints of pungency complementing the ripe fruit flavours and balancing well with the crisp acidity of the style. A well-rounded expression of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, showing all the natural characteristics of this world-famous region.” –Patrick Materman, Chief Winemaker

2012 Brancott Estate Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand): Pale straw yellow in color. Aromatic with grapefruit and orange peel on the nose. More grapefruit as well as lime and freshly cut grass come through on the palate. Dry and light-bodied with tart acidity. Well-balanced with a long, refreshing finish.
Quality: 4 stars (out of 5)
QPR: 5 bangs for your buck (out of 5)
Where to Buy: Received as sample, suggested retail $12.99; Available elsewhere, $7 to $15

Filed under: A Wine for Tonight, Five-Bangs For Your Buck Wines, New Zealand Wine, Sauvignon Blanc, White Wine, Wines Under $15, Wines Under $20, Wines Under $25

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