New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: Take 2

When I reviewed the 2008 Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc, which was my indoctrination into the world of New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Courtney and Mark mentioned that I should try the Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (here is Mark’s review on Wine Life 365). While it’s taken me a couple of months to follow-up on the suggestion, I’m glad I did…and I found the perfect day to try it, too.

Tuesday was one of those days those typical DC summer days—hot and humid—and, for the first time in what feels like weeks, it didn’t rain. After a day of playing the “hurry up and wait” game at work and dealing with the hassles of the Metro commute after Monday’s tragedy, when I walked in the door of our condo, I could hardly wait to open a cold, white wine. Thankfully, the Oyster Bay SB was chilled, so I poured a glass, put my feet up, and spent some time decompressing with Hubby and watching some trashy TV. It was the Oyster Bay SB was the well-suited for a quiet, relaxing evening.

The 2008 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc (winery, snooth) was a clear, light-to-medium lemon color and had slow forming legs. On the nose, the wine had nice, classic New Zealand SB aromas—green bell peppers and green apples—followed by some pineapple and a touch of fresh cut grass. In the mouth, the green peppers were the most pronounced, but blended nicely with the granny smith apple and pineapple flavors. There were also very light gooseberry and grass flavors. The wine was had a crisp acidity that was well balanced with the alcohol and body, which made for a refreshing and enjoyable Sauvignon Blanc.

Is this wine worth a glass after work? Definitely! If you see this wine in the store, grab it; you won’t be disappointed. At $12, this wine is surprisingly good. It drinks very well on its own, but if you’re looking for food to go with it, I think that it would pair well with a salad, chicken stir-fry, or, ironically, oysters. Also, while it still has the classic New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc bell pepper flavors, it offers more fruity and less vegetal characteristics than the Kim Crawford does. And, for the money-conscious, it was also less expensive.

Overall: 4 Corks


  1. The Wine Whore says

    I have not tried this one yet but I am a huge fan of the KC SB… thank you for the great suggestion!


  2. Alleigh says

    Danielle–glad to hear you like it too!

    Randy–I'd actually checked The Wine Whore to see if you had reviewed it because I knew you were a NZ SB fan. Hopefully, you'll have a chance to try a bottle soon!

  3. Courtney says

    Oh hooray, I'm glad you like it!
    It's cheap, it's good (especially when ice cold) and it's screw top. What more could you ask for?

  4. FoodTravelDiva says

    I love the aromas you described…sounds like a piece of heaven for the senses! I totally enjoyed your post. If you don't mind, I'd love to direct Foodista readers to your blog. Just add your choice of widget to this post and you're all set!

  5. Mark says


    Congratulations on being selected to attend the Spanish Wine Course.

    Also, thank you for the kind shout-out. I’m glad that you also enjoyed the Oyster Bay SB.

    On another note, have you ever tried the Villa Maria Private Reserve NZ SB? If not, give it a whirl and let us all know what you think of it.

    Have a great trip and keep up the good work!

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