Forgive me ‘Corkies’ for not posting over the past few days. It’s been a stressful few days studying for my Certified Specialist of Wine designation. I have NOT forgone finding great summer wines at cheap prices, however. After studying German wine regions, I was inspired and found a FABULOUS sweet German Riesling for right around $10. 2008 Jakob Demmer Auslese out of the Rheinhessen wine region. It, along with the Mosel region, is world renowned for their Riesling, and this one is a fine example. Pale honeyed gold shimmers in the glass. Take a big whiff and your nose is overjoyed with aromas of pears and honey. Then, as your taste buds water, don’t wade…DIVE IN!!! Flavors of peaches, honey, pears, and a slight hint of ginger wash you away in divine dessert ecstasy! Sit out on the back deck with what’s left of this brutal summer heat and let your cares melt away in SEVERAL glasses of this one!
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The summer has been brutal! Even the tropics look like a cool spot compared to a few spots around here locally in the Kansas City area. I decided I could either put on my best Brazilian bikini and pretend I was on an island paradise, or just open up something tropical and pour it in my glass…fortunately for YOU, I opted for the latter choice.
The 2009 Staete Landt Sauvignon Blanc out of the Marlborough wine region of New Zealand will definitely make you think of that perfect tropical get away. As you pour, you’ll see bright sunshine in your glass with that bright, pale-colored straw hue it possesses. Take a sniff and find yourself basking away in the aromas of citrus fruits, lush melon, nectarines, and…chalk? Okay, so the chalk isn’t very tropical, but it’s a light smell, and it certainly works with the other smells…let’s just go with it.
Quenching your thirst (it’s the ‘tropics’…you’re bound to be thirsty), your taste buds ‘sizzle’ with flavors of melon, lime, green apples, a refreshing minerality and…chalk again? Not something I’m used to tasting in a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, but it worked! Nice acidity, nice balance…not too tart and not too sweet.
What IS sweet, is how well it paired up with my grilled Ahi Tuna steaks with peach/jalapeno jelly. This would work sooo well with a nice Waldorf Salad…or even that Mandarin orange salad at Wendy’s if you’re busy taking the kids to practice somewhere.
It’s a nice sipper alone as well…especially on the deck when it’s this hot. And the price is right too…got this blonde beauty for just under $14.
So do me a favor, forego the Speedo, and take a dive into this lovely Sauvignon Blanc.