Tasting Notes: Governors Bay Sauvignon Blanc

I apologize for the delay in posting. Our housework was delayed due to poor weather and we did not have access to any wine necessities. It was terrible! I'm just kidding about it being terrible because now we have beautiful new floors and a fresh coat of paint in the house, but I am glad to be back to regular programming!

This is the third wine from my Total Wine 2015 Challenge. Not sure I will get to taste them all before 2015 ends (how is it December already?!), but at least it's progress!

The Facts

  • Producer: Governors Bay
  • Region: Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Where I purchased: Total Wine
  • Price: $11.99
  • Eyes: This sauvignon blanc is very light in color, a very pale yellow. It looked to be very light bodied, or very light in viscosity. 
  • Nose: This wine was VERY fragrant. A strong nose of citrus -- definitely some grapefruit. I also smelled a hint of apple and pear. 
  • Mouth: I knew based off of the smell that this wine would have a strong citrus flavor, and I was not wrong. Others note a big gooseberry flavor, but to be honest, I have no idea what a gooseberry tastes like so I will have to take their word for it (and eventually try a gooseberry so I know). Gooseberry is very characteristic of sauvignon blancs from Marlborough. There was definitely some acidity to this wine... I could tell based on the fact that acidity in wine makes your mouth water after the sip. I would say the acidity almost made the wine tart, but it wasn't overwhelming in my opinion.
  • Thoughts: I'm still learning to really enjoy whites, but this one was easy to drink and is characteristic of whites I have started to like. It was crisp, and in my opinion, refreshing. I tend to like the lighter and fruity (citrus, apple, etc) wines more so than the "heavy", buttery, oaky chardonnays, so this one was a win in my book. At this price point, it is definitely on my list for when summer returns!