New Zealand sauvignon blanc has become justly famous over the past decade, and many of us who pay attention to these things consider it to be the best sauvignon blanc in the world. The wines are fresh, well-made, food friendly and almost always deliver value. (And most of them use a screwcap, too.)
And Spy Valley may well produce the best sauvignon blanc in New Zealand.
The 2008 (about $16, purchased) is another in the producer's long line of classic New Zealand-style sauvignon blancs. It offers the region's telltale citrus aroma and flavor up front, but it's more complex than that. There's a tropical fruit middle (pineapple, maybe?) and a long mineral finish, both qualities that don't often show up in $16 wines.