Decibel Sauvignon Blanc (2017)

Style:  Light-bodied White                               Vintage: 2017                         ABV: 12%

Appellation: Hawkes Bay                                Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Hawkes Bay                                         County:  New Zealand

Pairings: Green vegetables, both raw and cooked. Asparagus, zucchini, peas, artichokes, all work beautifully with Sauvignon Blanc. Oysters, delicate white fish, fresh herbs. Chicken and pork will work especially if you have tangy, herbal, or briny sauces.

Avoid pairing bleu cheese with this Sauvignon Blanc. Even sprinkled on a salad, the pungent flavor will make the Sauvignon Blanc taste tarter. Pecans do the same thing, so while a Sauvignon Blanc is a beautiful wine with a salad, omit the bleu cheese and pecans.

Cheese Pairings: All styles of goat cheeses (chevre), also try with gouda, brick, havarti, Swiss, asiago, and other Alpine cheese.

About This Wine: Rich and intense passionfruit with hints of elderflower and gooseberry, citrus and honeysuckle. Some autolysis characteristics remain with richness on the back-nose giving more headier notes. The front palate is lively with crisp peach notes, a soft mid-palate of honey dew and fresh stone fruit racing towards the finish with a lingering, chalky textural note on the cheeks giving a zesty finish.

What’s the label mean? The Decibel labels, all designed by Hawke’s Bay artist Rakai Karaitiana, are in a way, a story of Daniel’s life and how he applies his experience to each wine.  Travel, music, old books, maps, classic techniques and an intense focus on what’s ahead for our planet, all feature on the Sauvignon Blanc label.