Cheers to Chasing Venus – Matchbook Wines

Hot News Blog

Read the lastest news about our wines and winery!

August 16th, 2016

Cheers to Chasing Venus

by: Ashley Johnson

It’s safe to say that Sauvignon Blanc is a summer staple. When the days are long and the temperatures are high, it’s nice to just sit back and sip something crisp and refreshing.

Marlborough is the largest wine growing region in New Zealand and it’s also home to some of the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc. It’s only natural that Matchbook Wine Company chose this location as the source for our highly aromatic 2015 Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc. But why Chasing Venus?


In 1769, an intrepid explorer by the name of Captain Cook set out on a mission aboard the HMS Endeavor. Disguised as a voyage to study the passage of the planet Venus across the disc of the sun, Cook’s true objective was to discover the elusive “Southern Continent.” Although Captain Cook was hoping to discover Australia, which he eventually did, he first came upon New Zealand.

In honor of that voyage and Captain Cook’s aspirations, Matchbook Wine Company has crafted a Sauvignon Blanc that matches the spirit and vigor of that mission. The response has been overwhelming.

The grapes that go into producing Chasing Venus come from small family farms in Marlborough. Herbal aromas mesh with gooseberry, grapefruit and passion fruit. Flavors of citrus, guava and passion fruit pith with a zesty lime finish invigorate the senses.

With an “Exceptional” rating, 92 Points and a Gold Medal from, Chasing Venus also picked up this honor, “tangy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long lemon curd, lime, gherkin, and grass finish with fruit tannins and no oak …”

Dan Berger over at the Napa Valley Register, and also the namesake for Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition where Chasing Venus received a Gold Medal, praised Chasing Venus by saying, “… This sensational New Zealand screw-capped effort has wild blossomy notes to add interests to grapefruit and gooseberry primary aromas …” Read his review here.

Over at Crave Local, Chasing Venus captured these words of praise, “ … Floral notes with a bit of passion fruit and guava on the long dry finish make this one (of) our favorite sauvignon blancs this season …”

Jeremy Wilson at Texas Wine Lover, a blog founded in 2011 by Jeff Cope to help promote Texas wine, had this to say about Chasing Venus, “This is a classically styled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I can highly recommend. It is bright, bold, and quite frankly a joy to drink, especially on a hot afternoon on the back porch with friends and family …” You can read the full article here.

Ironically, at Rockin Red Blog, which shares wine stories and introduces fellow wine lovers to new wines by making them less intimidating, shared this about Chasing Venus, “… rich and round texture, crisp and bright acidity that is mouth-watering good, lingering zesty finish…”

Here at Matchbook, where passion fans the flames of our winemaking, we are proud to have crafted a wine such as Chasing Venus that produces great reviews, wins awards, and receives points in the 90s, but most importantly brings pleasure to people when opening a bottle and sharing it with friends.

Try a bottle and review it for yourself, or visit our tasting room with your friends and enjoy a bottle on our shaded, misted patio today.