2007 King Shag Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Americal Beverage Group

What They Said:

Per 2guysuncorked and I’ll go with Ted on this one…”This is probably the best sauvignon blanc I’ve had that is under $10. On the nose it’s bursting with citrus and fruity notes and it finishes with crisp acidity, that lingers just a bit as it reveals a slightly grassy finish. It would go great with some spicy food dishes, and it even holds up well to some spicy mango chicken I made to go with it.”

What I Think:

As many of you know I am a big fan of Sauvignon Blanc, especially from New Zealand. This one is completely typical of the Kiwi offering and in this case it is a good thing. It had the nice pale color, a nose of grapefruit and grassy aromas. On the palate you are greeted with a crisp flavorless start leading to floral and mineral undertones followed by a tangy and tingly lemon finish. Gooseberry is omnipresent throughout. We had this one with a salmon salad which was a perfect pairing. Thinking this is better than the Kono (and cheaper). Better than the Geyser Peak? Not sure but who cares, this Sauvignon Blanc trio at Trader Joe’s is one of the best deals going. Pick any of the three and you can’t go wrong. Better yet, get them all and let me know which is your favorite.

Rating: Buy It

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13 thoughts on “2007 King Shag Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

  1. This was a fave at our Menlo Park TJ’s last year. I slightly preferred Kono to this but it’s a bargain for sure. The best was Matua SB but that was a couple years ago.

  2. I agree, King Shag is a great wine for the price. Problem: It hasn’t been available on my last two trips to Trader Joe’s. Does anyone know if it’s coming back?

  3. I have not tried the King Shag yet, though I did buy a bottle tonight at the Trader Joe’s in Glen Ellyn, IL (they have several cases). Any good recommendations for food pairings? The Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc 2007 is great!

  4. Our Wine Team had a tasting of “Thanksgiving wines” last night which included a Sauvignon Blanc (St. Michelle, tasty, $6) as well as some Pinot Noir and a Zinfandel. So, you could use it as a starter and/or during the meal or even bring it along to your next wine & cheese event. IMO, milder flavors and lighter foods seem to work best with this wine. Cheers!

  5. @Alexander I know Angela already gave you some thoughts but in my opinion Sauvignon Blanc was described best in the Chronicle today discussing Thanksgiving dos and don’ts when they said “The season’s over, just like with white pants.” That is my relationship with Sauv Blanc (and most other whites), great in the summer when I need refreshment but otherwise difficult to pair through the winter… That said my optimal dinner pairing is salmon. Otherwise consider using it when you may have otherwise used sparkling…

  6. I couldn’t find the ’07 so I picked up the ’08 today at the TJs in Sunnyvale. Planning to have it tonight next to a Penne w/ Salmon dish.

    Any opinions on the ’08 compared to the ’07?

    • The 2008 was a hit last night with the Salmon Penne dish. I wish I could compare it to the 2007, but frankly I can’t imagine the 2007 being much better. The review seemed spot on for the flavors that I got, and it was incredibly tasty.

      I have two main concerns when I drink wine:

      1) Is there going to be too much alcohol burn?
      2) Is this wine going to be overly sugary?

      This is actually one of the first wines I have had that passes both tests. It was a very smooth wine, with lots of bright flavors and did not seem to have too many residual sugars. Sweet without being sugary.

      I’m still new to wine and this is the first wine I’ve picked out that has been highlighted on the blog. Hoping I have as much success in the future with the others!

      Thank You!

  7. Hosted some out of town family at my home this evening and decided to serve old reliable–King Shag Sauvignon Blanc (2009 vintage). I haven’t seen adults squeal in delight like this in a long time. They were also wide-eyed surprised that it tasted so incredibly good. Thanks, Jason and Trader Joe’s for this $6.99 bargain.

  8. WARNING: NEWS FLASH!

    The King has left the building.
    If you are a fan, go clear the shelves at your local store as this wine is NOT coming back.
    (Being replaced by the Sauvignon Republic)

  9. The makers of King Shag (whose name is very close to Dooper’s Dreek) received a 91pt rating for their 2008 offering and 90pts for the 2009 from W.S. and thus no longer need to sell excess juice through Trader Joe’s. Sorry to see it go!

  10. I’m so grateful to have enjoyed this wonderful wine so often and to have found it recommended here at Jason’s Wine Blog… countless happy and soulful memories..and what a terrific value! Thank you King Shag Sauvignon Blanc at Trader Joes. You are one of the precious gems that inspires us on our quest in of great bargain priced wines. Farewell.

  11. Trader Joes no longer carries this wine branded in their name.Anyone know where it can be purchased,or what it’s called now please let me know.Thanks

  12. Missing this one as well!

    @Winoclast are they selling under a different label here?

    @Danny thanks for the kind word and good to hear from you! Any new value gems lately?

    @Eric hoping @Winoclast can shed some light for us…

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