It did and she loved it. Although it wasn’t a side by side tasting, she said she might actually prefer the Starborough over the Kim Crawford. They both are Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs from the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand. Sauv Blanc is a signature wine from New Zealand and when done right can be a mouth-watering, tangy treat.
We picked up a bottle a couple of weeks later for an after dinner drink. The wine had a powerful bouquet of fresh grass and a full body. The acidity gives it a firm crispness. In fact, drinking it without dinner Green Dragon felt it was almost too much. We then tried some cheese and crackers and the wine seemed to mellow noticeably as we sipped.
To me the wine had pronounced lemon and mineral flavors. Green Dragon felt that grapefruit more accurately described it. Either way, it provides full flavor of citrus but is well balanced with acidity.
This isn’t a wine for the meek. If you prefer a more dialed down flavor profile, you might want to look elsewhere, like California or France.
For a nice pairing with fish, the Starborough is outstanding and is a great value at just under $15.