Well it’s not Virginia, but New Zealand is on my personal list of good buys. I define good buys, as wine that is pleasing to the palate, as well the pocket. Some fine examples of Sauvignon Blanc are being produced in New Zealand, gaining much deserved global respect and attention. Two regions that have struck gold with my palate are Hawkes Bay, located on North Island, and Marlborough, located in the northeastern region of South Island.
These New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs have distinct herbal and fruity aromas, and crisp citrus and tropical fruit on the palate. Most range in price from $10 to $13, and are well worth the small investment.
I know for $12, one could invest in a case of the high volume seller ‘Two Buck Chuck’, but I urge you to look to Marlborough if you have not done so already. I also warn you to not be discouraged by the screw cap. New Zealand has forfeited image, and it should be understood that these puppies are meant to be drunk young.
Also, try a South African Sauvignon Blanc, and note the earthy, mineral flavors balanced by the fruit. This varietal takes on the characteristics of the soil type quite well, and a variety of styles can be found among places like Loire Valley, California and Washington State.
Invest with ease !