At the DC International Wine and Food Festival, I made sure to stop by the New Zealand Wine Growers table. I had the chance to free style taste some of their selections at the Wine Blogger Conference, but I only made it through a few there as my palate was just plain tuckered out by that point in the day. So I was excited to see them again, and am pleased to be attending their regional tasting at the end of March.
2008 Giesen Sauvignon Blanc: Gooseberry, grapefruit, citrus, very nice.
2008 Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc: Green pepper, gooseberry, very sitrus, herbal notes.
2008 Giesen Three Brothers Sauvignon Blanc: Peach, citrus, gooseberries, very tart, nice tropical notes.
2008 Brancott Reserve Sauvignon Blanc: Lemon, citrus, grass, crisp, nicely done.
2007 Wither Hills Sauvignon Blanc: Bright, floral, tropical, pear, lemon, crisp, tongue tingly.
2007 Staete Landt Pinot Gris: Pear, lemon, honey, apple, light.
2004 Vinoptima Gewurztraminer: Lychee, apricot, white peach, grassy, hay, honey.
2007 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir: Cherry cola, flowers, violets, cherry, raspberry, vanilla, very light, easy to drink.
2006 Brancott Reserve Pinot Noir: Earth, Coke, raspberry, cherry, bright fruit.
2005 Wither Hills Pinot Noir: Chocolate, berries, red fruit, sweet, cherry, raspberry, really nice in the mouth.