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WTN: 2004 Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand.

Postby Bob Ross » Sun Aug 06, 2006 12:44 pm

TN: 2004 Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand. 13.2% alcohol. Beekman Wines, Glen Rock, NJ; $18.00. (The other two candidates for the month were sold out and I was to lazy to shop further in all our heat.) Imported by Michael Skurnick Wines, Syosset New York.

Pale gold color, clear hue, aggressive citrus aroma with hints of a unusual but pleasant musky smell -- is this what New Zealand reviewers like Sue Courtney call "sweat" -- very lively taste of citrus and pineapple, a subset of melon and apples, but basically a sort of battle between grapefruit and pineapple with pineapple triumphing in the end game, medium mouth feel, firm acidity with good balance; long single note finish. 3*.

I served this wine with steamed mussels using a recipe taught to me by a fellow from South Africa who calls it Thai, I suppose because of the coconut milk. A very nice match indeed.

5 pounds mussels
3 limes
1 3 1/2-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
1 1/2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste
1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh cilantro sprigs

[Enough water to cover mussels.]

Scrub mussels well and remove beards. Squeeze enough juice from limes to measure 1/3 cup. In an 8-quart kettle boil lime juice, coconut milk, wine, curry paste, garlic, fish sauce, and sugar over high heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add mussels, tossing to combine. Cook mussels, covered, stirring occasionally, until opened, about 5 to 8 minutes. (Discard any unopened mussels.) Chop cilantro and toss with mussels.

Joel Mitchell's comment: "This is my favorite New Zealand Sauvignon." The website is very informative, with a nice tasting note on this wine by Sue Courtney: http://www.ranuiwines.co.nz/sav_2004.htm

Regards, Bob

Note: this is a cross post from the Netscape Wine of the Month feature: http://community.netscape.com/n/pfx/for ... winelovers

Note: edited to correct a typo in Joel Mitchell's quote and pointed out by Sue Courtney down below. Bob
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Re: WTN: 2004 Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand.

Postby Sue Courtney » Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:21 pm

Bob Ross wrote:Pale gold color, clear hue, aggressive citrus aroma with hints of a unusual but pleasant musky smell -- is this what New Zealand reviewers like Sue Courtney call "sweat" --

Quite possibly Bob. Looking at my notes, this was a rather subtle 'sweat', the sweet musky sweat one has not long after washing, rather than a full-on locker room sweat after a game.

Even though I don't eat mussels, the food match sounds delicious and it would be easy to substitute something else.


Bob Ross wrote:Joel Mitchell's comment: "This is my favorite New Zealand Cabernet Sauvignon." The website is very informative, with a nice tasting note on this wine by Sue Courtney: http://www.ranuiwines.co.nz/sav_2004.htm


Cabernet Sauvignon!!!! I think Joel's having a varietal mix up.
Nice to be quoted. Thanks Bob.
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Re: WTN: 2004 Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand.

Postby Ian Sutton » Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:27 pm

Sue Courtney wrote:Quite possibly Bob. Looking at my notes, this was a rather subtle 'sweat', the sweet musky sweat one has not long after washing, rather than a full-on locker room sweat after a game.

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At least one more scent to add to Le Nez du Vin I guess :lol:
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Re: WTN: 2004 Ra Nui Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand.

Postby Bob Ross » Sun Aug 06, 2006 5:45 pm

Oops, my bad Sue, Joel wrote Sauvignon -- when I re-typed the passage, my fingers did the thinking, not my brain. :-(

I'll correct the original.

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