Time to turn the page, as it were, for Sauvignon Blancs originating in the southern hemisphere. With the 2011 vintage in production, the 2009’s from the lower half of the globe are getting harder and harder to find regardless of price point. To kick off the southern 2010’s, this week’s “under $10” pick is Santa Ema Sauvignon Blanc.

Clear and lightly straw in color in the glass, my nose got modest amounts of apple, grass and citrus which as a NZ Marlborough SB fan was a nice change of pace. A decent amount of acidity gave way to an interesting┬áprogression of fruit: green apple, then citrus then pear. Despite its light structure, the finish was a bit longer than most Sauvignon Blanc wines I’ve had. It’s better lightly chilled and served with lighter fare – it would be overpowered by strong tasting food.

A great value for the price and an interesting twist on the up front citrus, I’ll have this again. It scored 84 points with my enjoyability meter.

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