House Of Nobilo 'Icon' Sauvignon Blanc - $16.99

Wine Details

Price: $16.99
Producer: House Of Nobilo
Region: Marlborough
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: gooseberry, grapefruit, peach
  • Award Winning
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • A rich bouquet of pineapple and passion fruit, layered with fresh herbal aromas of nettles and ripe capsicum. Crafted from the best fruit drawn from select vineyard sites, the Icon Sauvignon Blanc is a complex, powerful wine. Showing excellent structure and palate weight, this wine has a smooth, viscous mouth feel. Distinct Marlborough characters of passion fruit, gooseberry and nettles linger on the palate in a crisp, refreshing finish. Pairs nicely with Clam Linguini with Chive, Parsley & Anchovies.
  • In 1936 when war threatened their native Croatia, Nikola and Zuva Nobilo decided to start over and move to New Zealand, a country nearly halfway around the world. When they boarded a ship to begin their long passage, they left behind nearly everything they owned. With one exception. They brought with them more than 300 years of winemaking tradition. As it turns out, that tradition coupled with hard work was everything they needed to succeed in their new homeland. In 1943, they planted some of New Zealand’s first commercial vines at Huapai, west of Auckland. It wasn’t easy at first. Laws didn’t favor the wine industry, and New Zealanders didn’t drink wine with meals the way Europeans did. Nikola stuck to it, making all his equipment by hand and supporting his family by farming. He also successfully lobbied the government to change the country’s liquor laws to allow wine to be served with food in restaurants. By the 1970s, Nikola was a successful winemaker who helped lead the move from hybrid grapes to Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. He also worked on developing new winegrowing regions-most notably Marlborough. In 1994, Nikola was awarded an Order of the British Empire medal for his contribution to the New Zealand wine industry.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineEnthusiast - 89 Details: Produced off dry, bony sites in the Wairau, resulting in a ripe wine that retains the sweaty, passion fruit and gooseberry flavors that make Marlborough Sauvignon so unique, while adding layers of peach and pink grapefruit. Round in the mouth and easy to drink. Imported by Pacific Wine Partners. 2005 WineEnthusiast gooseberry, grapefruit, peach
WineEnthusiast - 85 Details: A wine that evoked no consensus among our tasters. Is more less or is it more? The nose is rich and packed full of asparagus, canned pea and pickled bell pepper, and the palate is thick and syrupy. One reviewer called it “good within the paradigm;” another found it mushy and lacking in balance. 2004 WineEnthusiast bell pepper

Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Mozzarella, Feta, Goat Cheese, Ricotta, Swiss
Poultry & Eggs Chicken or Turkey, Chinese Chicken Salad, Roast Game Hen
Vegetables Asparagus, Asparagus Quiche
Fruits & Nuts Citrus Fruits, Mango Salsa
Vegetables Salad, Greek Salad, Nicoise Salad, Tomato
Fish or Shellfish Ceviche, Shellfish (scallops, clams, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc...), Soft-shelled Crab, Catfish, Dover Sole, Red Snapper, Tilapia, Walleye, Sea Bass, Pan-fried Trout, Salmon with Lemon, Grouper / Swordfish, Monkfish, Ligurian Fish Soup
Sauces Vinaigrette
Herbs & Spices Anise, Fennel Seed, Tarragon, Basil, Cilantro, Coriander, Curry, Dill, Thyme

Awards and Accolades

  Name Vintage
Award Winner Bronze - 2008 San Diego Int'l Wine Competition 2006
Award Winner Bronze - 2007 Decanter World Wine Awards 2007

Wine Terms

Name Value
New Zealand Although it makes just one-tenth the wine of neighboring Australia, this country’s production is increasing every year. Its white wines are generally unoaked with pronounced flavor, rich texture, and high acidity. The South Island’s renowned Sauvignon Blanc is so distinctive that it can be compared to asparagus, limes, grass, or passion fruit. This region also excels in intense Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Cabernet Sauvignon grows well on the North Island, yielding an intense, berry fruit. There the Pinot Noirs are rich and the Chardonnays are soft and ripe but well balanced.
Sauvignon Blanc Comes mostly from California, France, New Zealand, and South Africa. Its highly acidic wines are often suggestive of herbs or grass. Light to medium bodied and usually dry, European versions are generally not oaky while California Sauvignon Blanc can take on many of the qualities of Chardonnay. France has two classic wine regions for the Sauvignon Blanc gape: Bordeaux and the Loire Valley The Bordeaux wine is called Bordeaux Blanc and the two best known of the Loire wines are called Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé. In Bordeaux, Sauvignon Blanc is sometimes blended with Sémillon.
Australia/New Zealand Besides producing Mel Gibson, this region can also produce some pretty intense wine. Australia has become the fourth largest wine export in the world. Australian labels are strictly labeled depending where the grapes where grown to make the wine. In New Zealand the sea moderates the weather producing cooler summers and milder winters. The effect of consistently cool nights is to produce fruit which is nearly always high in acidity.
Marlborough When the first growers planted grapes in Marlborough in the 1970s (there is evidence of plantings as early as 1870s), it is unlikely they would have foreseen the extent of the growth and fame that the region’s wine industry would achieve, based upon a single varietal called Sauvignon Blanc. The distinctive pungency and zest fruit flavours of the first Marlborough wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc, captured the imagination of the country's winemakers as well as international wine commentators and consumers and sparked an unparalleled boom in vineyard development. Worldwide interest in Marlborough wines, particularly Sauvignon Blanc, has continued to fuel that regional wine boom.

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