Wine of the week: 2015 The Pass sauvignon blanc_lowres


Retail $9

New Zealand's Vavasour family released its first vintage nearly three decades ago and built its reputation with the Awatere River Wine Company. It originally created this wine at its namesake winery in Marlborough, but Foley Family Wines bought the estate in 2009. Marlborough is home to 75 percent of the country's wine production. It has two subregions, Awatere Valley and Wairau Valley, which run parallel along the Pacific coast on the northeastern tip of New Zealand's south island. Ocean breezes, abundant sunshine, daily temperature swings and a long growing season contribute to the development of the grapes' expressive varietal character and distinctive acidity. Blended from grapes produced in both valleys, the wine offers aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruit. On the palate, taste guava, kiwi, honeydew, green apple, lime, some minerality and an herbaceous quality. Drink it as an aperitif or with fish, oysters, chevre, salads and green vegetables. Where to Buy it: Trader Joe's.