Finally here’s a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand that I feel is worth shouting about. This sort of wine was actually my safe, default pub tipple for years. It’s not that I’ve gone off it, but given that there is now so much choice – with wine bars popping up everywhere – I find that a lot of affordable New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc tends to not be overly exciting any more; the prices for anything decent and different are steep. Yes, I’m looking at you, Cloudy Bay.
This is lovely though: great value and not that one-dimensional gooseberry number that was my faithful friend in my student days. It’s fruity – passion fruit and the gooseberry (obviously) and a little floral – elderflower. There’s also a bit of minerality: you know that subtle kind of flinty, saliny crispness that’s hard to describe but complements the tropical fruit tang well.
All in all: nice wine! Like all the wines I post, I will buy again…
At a glance
Style? Dry white wine
Where is it from? Marlborough, New Zealand
What’s the grape? Sauvignon Blanc
Tastes of? Passion fruit, gooseberries and elderflower
What food would complement it? Summery salads/lightly spiced dishes such as Thai-style Sweet Potato & Mushroom Kebabs