2005 Kono Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $7.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Kiwi Distributing

What They Said:

Per the winery “The 2005 KONO Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc has a lifted medley of white currant, citrus and gooseberry flavours, with mineral notes. The palate is crisp and vibrant with easy drinking appeal and abundant varietal flavours that linger on the finish. It has a mid-straw colour with lemon and lime tones.”

What I Think:

Kono is a Maori owned family brand in the retail market. It means ‘food basket’ is a traditional Maori woven basket used to carry, protect and present produce. Anyone know why they use all caps?

I drank this wine over a couple of days and the temperature played a large role in my impressions. When it was too cold the flavors were suppressed. I have heard from multiple wine maker’s, for both red and whites, that this is the most important aspect when serving/tasting wine. I intend to focus on this moving forward and you should to. Perhaps a tasting tips section to this blog would make sense.

This is a wine that I would call zingy, you get lemon overlaid on top of mineral. I think I am general when I am saying minerally that is one area where I will try to be more specific moving forward. As the lemon fades the mineral comes to the front. This is a very nice wine, though I am prone to liking sauvignon blanc so maybe you should take it with a grain of salt.

Rating: Buy It

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  1. This one was part of the recent Trader Joe’s Ten For The Tasting (pdf). Here were their notes: “Bracing, slap-you-in-the-face flavors that make you leap and shout – that’s Kono Sauvignon Blanc. This bold creation of the indigenous New Zealand Maori tribe is made using a blend of fruit from the Awatere, Waihopai, and Lower Wairau Valleys in Marlborough. The region’s free-draining, alluvial loam and gravel soils, coupled with its abundantly sunny but relatively ‘cool’ climate and long, flavor-intensifying growing season yield wines with strong, racy character. It’s crisp with vibrant flavors of tropical fruits and fresh-cut grass. Subtle undertones of white pepper and intense citrus are notable in the mouth, which lingers to a clean, acidic finish. Not a shy wine. So don’t be coy, unscrew Kono and let it flow.”

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