Wine: Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Country: New Zealand
The Antinori brothers, who produced Italy’s illustrious Ornellaia, purchased the Mount Nelson property, located in the Wairau Valley of New Zealand’s Marlborough region, in 2003. This wine mirrors some of the traditional traits one expects from NZ Sauvignon Blancs – crisp acidity, natural exuberance and what I refer to as “raciness” – while displaying restraint and elegance. It is the perfect wine to sip by the pool or at a barbecue, but also matches well with shellfish and sautéed fish.