31 Aug NZ SB – Yealands Marlborough 2021 Sauvignon Blanc
Do you know the definition of antipode?
I had to look it up too.
According to Merriam Webster, an antipode refers to
“parts of the earth diametrically opposite, often used
in reference to Australia and New Zealand and their contrast
to the Western hemisphere.”
The wines from AU & NZ
Antipode is occasionally used to refer to the wines from Down Under.
There are great quantities of fine wine being produced in AU and NZ.
There’s nothing “diametrically opposite”, i.e., inferior
about the vast majority of them.
Beware the “Tail”
Of course, there’s always an exception or two.
For example, any Australian wine that has a kangaroo on the label
and “tail” in its name should be given a wide berth.
It’s Wine Thursday!
Every week we check out a good wine that sells at a reasonable price
and is easy to find at your store and online.
This Thursday, we’re looking at an antipode wine
that we are not diametrically opposed to.
We found it to be quite compatible.
Where it’s from
This week’s wine comes to us from the renowned Marlborough wine region
of New Zealand. Overlooking Cook Strait, the body of water that separates
NZ’s two main islands, Marlborough has become New Zealand’s most important
wine region, particularly famous for Sauvignon Blanc.
What it is
Recently celebrating their 15th anniversary as a winery, Yealands hasn’t
been in the business that long. But in a relatively short period,
Yealands has dialed in the NZ SB “formula”.
Their 2021 offering shows the essential crisp acidity and
punchy fruit flavors that have made New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc
a runaway global success.
This isn’t wine to be contemplated.
It’s meant to be enjoyed for what it is…a refreshing easy-to-drink white
with pineapple/grapefruit flavors that lead to a
medium, well-balanced finish.
Serve well chilled.
Where to buy it
Total Wine has Yealands 2021 for $11.49.
It’s at Vons for $13.32.
Fred Meyer and QFC have it for $16.99.
You can pick it up at Santa Rosa’s Bottle Barn
or order it online for $11.49
All-Star Wine lists it at $12.99
Rye Brook Wine & Spirit has it for $13.99
Same price at Wine Made Easy…$13.99
And Wine.com also has it for $13.99