2008 Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Sauvignon Republic

What They Said:

2008 Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon BlancPer Sauvignon Republic “Ancient shale and granitic soils, ocean breezes, and a favorable exposure result in tropical juicy-fruit flavors with herbal nuances and minerality. Serve with spicy world foods including Southeast Asisan, Indian and New World Hispanic. Citrus notes refresh the palate for each bite.”

What I Think:

I grabbed this one and put it in the cart, within moments I saw another offering from the Russian River under the same label. I reacted with suspicion, not sure why as there are a number of vintners out there now tying together wines from around the world under the same brand umbrella. The Espiritu de Argentina and Espiritu de Chile sister labels are the first that come to mind. Cameron Hughes is perhaps the most well known of those that operate on this model. By the way, have I mentioned lately why I love Trader Joe’s wine? If you are one of the unfortunate few without one nearby you can pick up a bottle of this from wine.com for $22. Just slightly north of 3x the $7 you can grab it for at TJ’s. Savings aren’t the end of the story you still have to deliver! So let’s see what’s in the bottle…

The bottle recommended a pairing with spicy Southeast Asian food so this one was opened with Thai red chicken curry on the table. In the glass this one was very light in color, not golden by any means more of a straw color. On the nose I find a bit of citrus with nice white stone fruit intermingled throughout. The palate opens with lemons that are backed by a nice crisp, mineral backbone. A hint of grassiness appears toward the middle before mineral, stony notes emerge on the finish. A very nice wine, one that I will be buying again. I’m guessing the same can be said for the Marlborough, in my fridge and 91 points from the Wine Spectator, and the Russian River bottling. For a gift idea, check out this tasting mat (pdf) and grab all three. Hurry as I am sure they won’t last long!

Rating: Buy It

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18 thoughts on “2008 Sauvignon Republic Stellenbosch Sauvignon Blanc

  1. I just saw these yesterday at TJ’s. I was suspicious since several very different regions were under one label. But it makes sense now. I wonder if they’ll be bottling Sancerre in the future. If they’re the experts, they should be getting Sauvignon from the best region for it!

  2. The Trader Joe’s Holiday Wines email had this to say about this bottle:

    Stellenbosch South Africa – Like the strut of the Secretary Bird (featured on the label), this wine is poised, sure. It boasts tropical aromas with hints of passion fruit that lift the nose and citrus and flint flavors that firmly embrace the palate. Nuanced with a grassy tone and crisp, structural acidity, this Sauv says, “bring on the spices!”

  3. Picked up a bottle of the Marlborough the other day. Look forward to giving it at try. At $7, it’s worth stocking up on all three and doing blind flight tastings just for the fun of it!

  4. According to the Trader Joe’s “Holiday Wines” e-mail I got the other day: “The Sauvignon Republic projest began with the purpose or producing sublime Sauvignon Blanc, illuminating the range of expression this grape can yield. When the project hit hard times (okay, when the world economy took a wallop) we had the opportunity to procure a collection of these region specific Sauvignon Blancs and provide them to you for an unbelieveable price: $6.99″
    BTW, the project’s website has more statistics, etc.
    Looking forward to putting a few of each in my “cellar” for the coming months.
    Now that the e-mail is out, supply will sell down quickly, so act fast or you may miss out.

  5. Hi, Jason,

    The ’08 vintage is sold out at my local store. The ’09 vintage is now avalaible at my local TJ’s. Is it as good as the ’08 vintage? Is it worth buying? Please post your comments. Thanks.

  6. @Chuck — just had a taste of the ’09 Marlborough at the Foggy Bottom (DC) TJ’s. Couldn’t say if it is as good as the ’08, but I thought it was a great buy and definitely stands shoulder-to-shoulder with King Shag as my favorite SB’s under $10!

  7. I have not tasted the ’08 but I think the ’09 is very good for $7. Lip-smacking tasty. Went back and got more after I tried a bottle. Goes great with a lemon Vinaigrette salad.

  8. I’m really enjoying the Marlborough 2009. Bought 2 cases, and planning to go back for more. Haven’t tried the Stellenbosch.

  9. @Drew I still have one bottle left of the ’08. I’ll let you know on the ’09 when I try it but I will certainly move to the next vintage with this one! @Kim gives it the thumbs up in the comments above…

    @AN I recently had the Marlborough, very bright! I need to do a side by side with the King Shag…

  10. Tried the Blocks Sauvignon Blanc this weekend. My SO preferred it to the Sauvignon Republic, but I need to do a side-by-side to be sure. And if I recall correctly, it was even cheaper than the Republic.

  11. I just bought a case of the ’09 Marlborough for my son’s wedding. It was the last 12 bottles at the Palo Alto TJs. We’re just starting to stock up. I’ve been comparing the wine to various other Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand and France and the ’09 Republic is still the best. The others cost $3-$5 more. It’s a steal at $7. We had the ’08 and liked it a lot, as well.

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