The Kora Sauvignon Blanc hails from the capital of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand. The Rose family estate is situated in the Wairau River Valley, where the rocky soil encourages the vine to concentrate flavors in lower yields. Combined with the cool nights, this makes for an intense stony crispness.
We served it chilled and paired with barbecued gulf shrimp and a side of serrano-shallot pico de gallo (both from the Barbecue! Bible).
The appearance was light gold, no legs. The aroma, kiwi and citrus. On first impression, there was an immediate refreshing acidity; very dry and light. This evolved to vibrant lime and notes of gooseberry, with a cool mineral-driven finish. The shrimp was a great pairing, though if I had it to do over I would not combine with the spicy pico de gallo. The bottle lasted right through to our dessert of various cheeses (another great pairing).
In summary, a perfect example of the tangy crispness of Kiwi Sauvignon Blanc. I give it 3/5 stars and would definitely drink again.