Nobilo Icon 2007 Sauvignon Blanc

This week I've been drinking a 2007 Nobilo Icon Sauvignon Blanc.  Nobilo is based in Auckland, on New Zealand's north island, but they get their grapes from various vineyards in the Marlborough region on the north end of the south island. 

This ran me in the $17-18 range, and it was worth it.  A very herby nose, with the famous SB asparagus coming out loud and clear.  I was looking for a white sauce to go with it.

The wine itself had complex, subtle flavors.  I got mineral notes from it, and maybe something oaky.  One flavor kept hitting the roof of my mouth that I couldn't put my finger (or tongue) on. 

The bottle says the predominant flavors are gooseberries (I guess I'm going to have to eat gooseberry pie this summer to remind myself what they taste like since every SB claims it tastes like them), passion fruit, and nettles.  What do nettles taste like?  Maybe that was the phantom flavor.

Anyway, a nice bottle of wine to enjoy with a nice meal.