Wine from the Maori peoples, and I taste the faintest hint of coconut

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Brand NameKono
Wine NameSauvignon Blanc
Vintage (Year)2007
CountryNew Zealand
Wine ClassWhite
Wine TypeSauvignon Blanc
Wine GroupsLow cost party staples
Gorgeous Blancs
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating9 (on a scale of 1-10)

Always looking for something new, I picked up this Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand yesterday. Now, I've had a number of wines from this varietal (grape) over the years, but this one had a strange name, and it is produced by the Maori people of New Zealand. You know those folks, they are the proud Polynesian warriors, some of whom have very dark skin (could be of, if not sometimes assumed to be of, Black/Negroid ancestry) and have the elaborate tattoos (some facial). Wesley Snipes had them in the 'Blade' movie series, and so many other people have sported them as well.

Now back to the wine itself. It sports a very light straw yellow tint to it, and it's very aromatic, as you get strong citrus (lemon) and vanilla scents from the nose. The taste is a standard high acidity along with citrus flavors that have been smoothed out by a dash a vanilla, and I would swear 'coconut.' Now, this really surprised me, and I had to taste it numerous times, but I taste an undercurrent of coconut, with maybe a little bit of papaya.

This is definitely a wine to be enjoyed, not something to just slosh down like some regular swill that you can find anywhere.


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