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Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Wine Review

Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Community Score:91/100

Community Reviews: 12

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Price: $24.95

Drink: 2016-2019

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: White Wine

Winery: Nobilo

Agent: Arterra Wines Canada Inc.

More Vintages: 2015  2013  2011  2010  2014 

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Reviews and Ratings

Camelia Bucur rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This Nobilo Icon Sauvignon blanc 2016 is a completely different approach than the regional collection Sauvignon blanc. On the nose there is aromas of citrus, gooseberries and vegetal notes (asparagus). On the palate this Sauvignon Blanc is fresh with citrusy notes, white pepper and a long finish of gooseberries mix with a balance acidity. Try this wine with seafood accompany with a bit of spicy and sweet sauce in order to bring out the roundness and creamy texture of the wine.
Mary Anne van Gaal rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

This Sauvignon Blanc is from winemaker David Edmonds favorite area, NZ's Blind River, where the hilly terrain and riverstone give the grapes their flinty minerality. He called this wine his "baby" and feels that the 2016 vintage is one of the best wines produced in a while.
Notes of peach, honey and floral were followed by flavours of pink grapefruit and tropical fruits. We had it paired with Tuna Sashimi w/Yuzu marmalade, pickled jalapeños and mustard seed and it was fabulous.
Rachelle O'Connor rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

For Dave Edmonds the wine maker from Nobilo - the Icon is "his baby". This Sauvignon Blanc is from his favorite vineyard of Blind River - where the terrain is well cultivated by a knowledgeable team - yielding what he feels is one of the best wines to be produced in recent years. There are beautiful aromas of passion fruit, peach and apricot jumping out of the glass - with added grapefruit and floral notes on the palate. This wine is luscious - with a minerality characteristic of Blind River, definitely a show stopper. For our luncheon it was paired wonderfully with "Tuna Sashimi/ Yuzu Marmalade/Pickled Jalapenos/Mustard Seed.
Jane Staples - Certified Sommelier rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

The winemaker's darling, this elegant SB has a nose of tropical fruit, gooseberries, nettle and citrus. The complex palate has both pink and golden grapefruit along with grapefruit pith, tropical and herbal notes, jalapeno and a flinty minerality. Mouth-watering acidity and an elegant lingering finish make this a memorable Sauv Blanc. It was an excellent match with our Tuna Sashimi and would also pair well with oysters.
Tasted Nov. 2016
David Skinner rated this wine as 92/100 with the following review:

Light straw coulour. Aromas of grapefruit, passionfruit literally jump from the glass followed by a flinty minerality and gooseberry. Fabulous balance of solid acidity and fruit on the palate. Waves of fruit and nice heft followed by a lingering finish. Plenty to recommend in this offering from the Blind River plantings.

Give this a try with a grilled scallop ceviche.
Craig Kuziemsky rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

A nice contrast to the Nobilo 2016 Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc. This one had an aroma of grapefruit with some flinty notes. The palate is dominated by pink grapefruit with some herb notes. The palate is more reserved and has a stoney edge in comparison to the Regional Collection SB.
Melanie Aubert rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

This wine is Nobilo winemaker Dave Edmond’s baby, and you can practically taste the love that has gone into it. He describes it as “flinty minerality under delicious fruit”, but the texture of this wine is what really got me. Usually a NZ sauvignon blanc is light and fresh, but this one was unctuous and elegant, with notes of pink grapefruit, peach, and white flower. This would be perfect with asian food or seafood dishes, and was great with pulled pork tacos with peach and jalapeño.
Jennifer Havers - WSET Level 3 rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

It's sometimes amazing how two different Sauvignon Blanc can be so different. Compared to the Regional Collection Sauvignon Blanc from the same producer, this Icon version shows a lot more flinty minerality mingled with honey and citrus notes. Beautiful, crisp acidity, and a bit more of a herbaceous note made it a perfect match for tuna sashimi, but would also be great with any other seafood or shellfish.
Jon Steeves - Sommelier rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

The 2016 vintage Icon is rich, complex and full-bodied. Fruit grown (Southern hemisphere) Marlborough New Zealand, harvested in February - March, vinified into a well-balanced brilliant wine, drinking well at its young age. Flinty minerality, like lightening in the breeze, notes of wet stone, pink grapefruit and passion fruit. Paired well with tuna sashimi, sea salt sprinkle and thinly sliced crispy fried onions. Tasted Nov 2016 - bespoketastings.ca
Sylvain Segard rated this wine as 91/100 with the following review:

If I only had one Sauvignon Blanc to choose from a list, I would likely select the Nobilo Icon. This wines is bright yellow straw in colour. It has a deep aroma of passion fruit, peach, and apricot with a distinct flinty character. The luscious tropical fruits linger long in the mouth and end on a note of grapefruit pith. It is a sure crowd pleaser served chilled on a hot summer night and will pair wonderfully with sushi, green salad with citrus dressings, and grilled chicken breasts or Thai food. Drink 2016-2018. Tasted in Nov. 2016.
Pamela Chiles rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Winemaker Dave Edmonds says this Icon, the 2016, is "one of the best wines we've put together." Top notes of green bean, nettle and herb are fleeting and give way to lush pink grapefuit and stone fruit; zesty, mouthwatering citrus and dry/flinty minerality on the palate - a really gorgeous package! Oysters, clams, scallops, doubtless, or go out on a limb and sear a pork chop with lemon-thyme-dijon marinade.
Monique Sosa - Accredited Sommelier rated this wine as 90/100 with the following review:

Aromatic and enticing! This wine boasts a major guava, tangy grapefruit/ lime zest, and floral notes. The palate boasts a more voluptuous and more textural mouthfeel than it's "Regional Collection' baby brother. The acidity is also prominent and racy but, overall, well balanced. Enjoy this well-crafted Sauv Bl with Thai coconut curry soup. Tasted Nov 2016. @sommsosa | bespoketastings.ca

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