By sourcing grapes from areas closely associated with a specific varietal Cupcake Vineyards has established a reputation for supplying good quality wine at a very fair price. The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough New Zealand is a perfect example of how Cupcake has succeeded in their model. While not the “home” of the Sauvignon Blanc grape New Zealand has become an almost defacto name associated with quality, priced at a very affordable level for the casual and not so casual appreciator of wine, as this reviewer once again discovered.
The Cupcake Sauvignon Blanc pours a very light pale yellow color in the glass tipping off that this is not going to be a blast of fruit wine. A nose of citrus with a touch of cut grass blends easily into a flavor profile that opens with lemon pie up front which was quickly dominated by grapefruit and lime juice on the back end. The finish is clean and while not what I would call “steely” it has a citric quality that created a lean and edgy ending. That might be off putting for some people, however, I found it to be a pleasant way to draw a line between the flavor of the wine and the long lingering essence left in the mouth. This is almost a “throw back” to traditional Sauvignon Blanc wine, before the recent softer body and tropical fruit of many California wineries or the dominate grassy flavor of early New Zealand efforts. Think about the white wines of Bordeaux and if you extract the roundness from the Semillon grape out you are left with something similar to the 2013 Cupcake Sauv Blanc.
I thoroughly enjoyed this wine on a hot afternoon by the pool and think that matching up with many foods could be a stretch. However, if you are one that likes something to eat when drinking serve this wine very well chilled with salad greens and light sandwiches, cucumber comes to my mind and you will have a time to remember with very little dent in your budget.
Cupcake wines are available seemingly everywhere wine is sold, from wine store to grocery aisle and at one time they were popping up in some C-stores in this area. Almost always priced under $10, the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc can be found sale price around the $8 mark, a great buy for the quality in this bottle. In the end would I make a blanket recommendation to buy, not for those who like a plush fruitiness in their wine. I am afraid you might find this Sauv Blanc a bit to sharp and unpleasantly citrus in its bite, but for those who like a light clean and bracing wine on occasion this is a must try.