Wine of the week: Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2019

matua sauvignon blancThe Matua sauvignon blanc is Big Wine at its best — varietally correct, cheap, and delicious

A blog reader told me that his Costco was selling the Matua sauvingon blanc for $7 a bottle. I told him to buy cases and cases.

That’s because the Matua sauvingon blanc ($10, purchased, 13.5%) is Big Wine at its best — a combination of best practices in mass market winemaking, economies of scale, and supply chain efficiencies. The result, from Treasury Wine Estates, is a wine that is simple but not stupid and tastes like it is supposed to — and which may be the best Big Wine product on the market.

The 2019 vintage, which seems to be current, is even a little more well done than past efforts — and those made the $10 Hall of Fame. Look for not too much New Zealand grapefruit, a noticeable if slight tropical middle, and a long, clean finish.

Highly recommended and a wine destined for the 2021 Hall of Fame, as well as the short list for the 2021 Cheap Wine of the Year.

Imported by TWE Wine Estates

2 thoughts on “Wine of the week: Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2019

  • By Jay Bileti - Reply

    I’m amazed that someone could grow quality grapes and make a quality wine in New Zealand, put it in a bottle, ship it to the USA, grease the myriad of palms in the distribution chain and sell it for $7 retail. Mind-boggling! It’s my house white, I can tell you that!

  • By Andrew - Reply

    I find this stuff, as well as most NZ “Sauvignon Blanc” to be undrinkable and nothing like the SB based wines I grew up on from France. No amount of chilling can overcome is nauseating sweetness. “Hall of Fame?” More like Hall of Shame.

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