There are many reasons why the Wine Curmudgeon is so fond of this wine. The Nobilo is cheap, still around $10 despite the horribly weak U.S. dollar. It's well-made, displaying all the aromas and flavors that New Zealand sauvignon blanc should have.
And, perhaps most importantly, it's tremendous fun to taste with people who aren't familiar with this kind of wine. That's because New Zealand sauvignon blanc has a tell-tale red grapefruit smell and taste. Which means half the people who taste it for the first time hate it, and half of them think it's as good a wine as they've ever had. This difference of opinion is one of the things I love most about wine. Each of us is different, and what one person wants no part of another wants a case of. If only the wine snobs, with their scores and magazines, understood this.
Serve this wine chilled with anything remotely resembling seafood, from crab cakes to boiled shrimp to tuna salad. It's also terrific with anything cooked with olive oil, garlic and rosemary or parsley.