Sisters Robin and Andréa McBride have combined their love of the environments in which they were raised with their passion for wine to create McBride Sisters Collection. Their collection consists of a line of wines that is a reflection of both Sister’s upbringing, on opposite ends of the globe – Monterey, California and Marlborough, New Zealand. Although the Sisters were unaware of each other most of their lives, once united their appreciation for winemaking blossomed and they were compelled to share their mutual love of outstanding wines with the world. With The McBride Sisters Collection, the pair has perfected two wines from New Zealand – a Sauvignon Blanc and Brut Rosé, and two wines from the Central Coast of California – a Chardonnay and Red Blend. The collection is crafted in the Sisters’ signature style, a blend of the elegance of the old world with the finesse of the New World.
Sauvignon Blanc $17.99: Aromatically this wine has a perfumed bouquet displaying red grapefruit grapefruit, lime, white blossom, and nectarine. The palate displays nectarine, peach and citrus flavors, supported by some more tropical nuances of papaya, and guava. The Awatere Valley fruit dominates the back of the palate with suggestions of lime and green apple. The wine is generously textured with a refreshing vein of acidity.
Sparkling Brut Rosé $19.99 : Aromatically this wine possesses gentle floral notes of rose petals, complimented by strawberries and cream, and bucket loads of freshly crushed red berries. This delicious Brut Rosé is delicately structured and generous. The red fruits carry through the palate, with cranberry, peach, strawberry, and raspberry notes taking center stage. There is a hint of toasty complexity, and some creamy richness from the lees leading into a dry finish with lingering hints of spice. With its beautiful salmon color and delicate bead, this Brut Rosé is sophisticated, crisp and refreshing.
Chardonnay $17.99: Aromatically this wine has notes of quince, ripe Granny Smith apple and pear on the nose loaded with complex fruit notes encompassing a variety of citrus – mandarin orange and tangerine. White flowers round out a nose that just hints at the presence of fine French oak while continuing to focus on intriguing fruit notes. In the mouth, the wine incredibly well balanced, filling the mouth with volume while finishing with an acidity that begs for another sip.
Red Blend $18.99: Aromatically this wine has black cherry notes sitting at the forefront, backed by notes of blackberry and raspberry cobbler. Mocha, toffee, and subtle cola notes round out a nose focused on fruit at the onset then melding into a pleasing mix of sweeter aromatics as the wine sits in the glass. Subtle French oak notes of toasted marshmallow and vanilla bean add complexity and intrigue to the nose. In the mouth, the wine is well structured, carrying a pleasing amount of fine, soft tannin, while harnessing enough backbone to pair well with a variety of foods. The wine is supple, without being cloying and finishes with superb balance and a long, lingering finish.