The Seeker is a wine brand that focuses on sourcing some of the best quality juice from around the globe.
Each bottle is produced from the region which is best known for high-quality examples of the varietal being showcased, and the family has been importing top-quality wines for over 75 years now.
The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc Review
The Sauvignon Blanc for this bottle was sourced from not one but two of the top sites in New Zealand.
Steve Smith, certified Master of Wine, sourced grapes from Marlborough on the Southern island for intense and full juicy nectarine and grapefruit flavors and from Martinborough on the Northern island to add richness and more citrus character.
The winemaking process is somewhat in-depth, with grapes being destemmed, pressed, and cold-settled overnight.
Afterward, cool fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of the fruit.
After all of this, the wine is then aged “sur lie,” meaning on the fine lees, for four months to add weight, depth, and richness.
Finally, the lots are blended, gently fined, and at last filtered prior to bottling.
The wine is a light straw yellow color with a light green tinge running throughout. A few quick swirls allow the legs, which are light, delicate, and fast falling, to form.
Intense aromas of grapefruit, gooseberries, and grass immediately signal that this is a classic example of what New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc ought to be like.
There are also notes of basil, passionfruit, and lemon zest, which add a bit more complexity to the nose than I was originally expecting.
The immediate standouts here are New Zealand’s signature cocktail of grapefruit, gooseberries, tart lemons, and fresh-cut grass.
After that initial wave, I get round fruit characteristics of nectarines, passionfruit, and papaya coat the tongue.
This bottle features ample acidity, which keeps your mouth watering with each sip. The finish is somewhat short, though that was not disappointing.
The wine acts as an excellent palate cleanser in between bites of food and leaves you primed for more.
What does The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc pair with?
This wine practically screams seafood. Options include traditional Asian seafood dishes, octopus Santorini, calamari, prawns, oysters, and shrimp, just to name a few of my personal favorites.
Another great option is to go for harder, more saline cheeses with a bit of a briny character to them, which helps to offset the boatloads of citrus fruit in the wine.
Finally, poultry dishes such as chicken and turkey can work really well here.
I would personally recommend giving them a thorough seasoning, using herbs such as basil, cilantro, rosemary, parsley, thyme, fennel, dill, chives, or tarragon. Any one of these will really shine when stacked together with this Sauvignon Blanc.
What are wines that are similar to The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc?
Wines most similar to this would include other New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, such as the well-known Kim Crawford Line, Kia Ora, Cloudy Bay, and Southern Winds, which are all some of my go-to options.
If you want to try something a bit different without straying too far, I would recommend going for some French options.
White Bordeaux, which is made up primarily of Sauvignon Blanc, is a great choice to start with.
Outside of that, Sancerre from the Loire valley is absolutely fantastic and retains a lot of the freshness and citrus flavors of New Zealand without being as “grassy” or grapefruit-driven.
This is a stellar example of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I absolutely love.
After giving this bottle a spin, I am definitely going to keep a few on hand for whenever I have company or just want to bust out an easy drinker.