Fat Bird 2014 Sauvignon Blanc
January 7, 2015 § Leave a comment
Score: 7.5 – Over Delivers
About the Wine: This wine is the child of the new generation of winemaking and viticulture in New Zealand and it shows through. Bright youthful aromas of citrus, gooseberry and melon greet your nose. What you notice on the palate is the freshness of the wine without it having biting acidity. The palate shows flavours of citrus, melon and gooseberry as mentioned above, however there is the addition of fresh-cut grass and peas. Think of these last two flavours like little kids playing hide and seek; giggling but a little shy as well. In balance these all work together beautifully. The finish is crisp and refreshing.
Value: This is a tough wine to put into perspective of the market. There has been a lot of price activity from the big boys of Oyster Bay and Kim Crawford where their wines are $17.99. This is most often matched (or exceeded; I have seen it at $14.99 and at that price it is a Best Buy) by Fat Bird. In relation to Oyster Bay at $17.99 Fat Bird is in good stead. A little more youthful and intriguing than Oyster Bay. Oyster Bay is classically New Zealand. In relation to Kim Crawford at $20.99, I would go with Fat Bird.
Would I trade up to Fat Bird from some of the Leyda, Limari or Casablanca Valley Sauvignon Blancs from Chile? I feel they at two (or four) different experiences. The Chilean versions are not only a few bucks cheaper, but they are also far more tropical and less vibrant than Fat Bird. When I’m in the mood to brighten my day I would go Fat Bird, if real money is issue I might go Chilean.
Added Value: For those having a Date Night, Movie Night, Girls Night Out, a Seafood BBQ, or are having the ‘Foodies’ over, there is added value in this wine for you.
Service: Chilled but not cold. Take it out of the fridge and if there is condensation on the bottle, then give a few minutes to warm up to enjoy. When it is too cold the wine shuts down its personality; the lovely vibrant citrus aromas and flavours, become muted which allows flavours and aromas of fresh-cut grass and peas to dominate. True enjoyment of this wine is in its balance of aromas, flavours and texture.
As for food (my mouth is watering as I say this), I absolutely adore this wine with fresh, local halibut when it is in season.
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc
Store Section: New Zealand
Available: Everything Wine, Hillside Liquor Store, Vintage Spirits (Victoria)
Buy Online/Delivered To Your Door: Everything Wine