In a recent post I pondered whether some of the wine labels chose their names to suggest a certain kind of terrain and terroir in consumers’ minds irrespective of where the winery is located or where the grapes are grown. But, of course, that is not necessarily the case. There are plenty of wineries that do, indeed, assume a name from their locale. For instance, Dry Creek Winery is near a stream called Dry Creek. Mayacamas Vineyards is located in the Mayacamas Mountains. And, in the case of Monkey Bay, the winery assumes it’s name from a bay not far from the winery – north of Blenheim and west of Wellington on the coast of Marlborough.
Notes: The color of this New Zealand white was a pale lemon yellow. The bouquet was really quite a heady experience with scents of tropical fruits (pineapple, papaya), honey, citrus zest and floral notes. Acidity was fine; it was light-bodied; alcohol was at 12.5%. On the palate I found lime, some hints of sweet pineapple, and grapefruit. The grapefruit hits late and lingers long on the finish. Overall, it’s a tart glass of wine that I found enjoyably refreshing. This is another Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc that, though not particularly refined, delivers on flavor.