Sacred Hill 2002 Whitecliff Estate Hawkes Bay Sauvignon Blanc ($11.39)
This brass-color wine is clear and rather pale, with light, slightly floral aromas that seem a bit shy at first; but show pleasant white fruit with a bit of swirling and sniffing. It's much more forward in the flavor department, citric and bright, snappy lime and tart, cleansing acidity in perfect balance. US Importer: Halby Marketing Inc., Sonoma, Calif. (Feb 2, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with fresh asparagus with bits of ham in a light saffron cheese sauce over farfalle pasta.

Wine notes in 'shelf-hanger' format:
We publish Wine Lovers' Page tasting reports in the familiar "shelf-hanger" size and format, to make it easy for wine merchants or collectors to print them out, clip and post them where this wine is displayed. We do ask, however, that the WineLoversPage.com name, logo and URL be left intact, and that these reports be used with the specific wines rated, not different bottlings or vintages.

Our tasting policy:
All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I accept no free samples from wineries or distributors, purchasing all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

View the previous tasting note: Giesen 2002 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
View the next tasting note: Achaia Clauss "Imperial" Mavrodaphne of Patras