New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, like South African Chenin Blanc, has a distinct ‘New World’ taste to it. Invariably this is of tropical, exotic fruit – and is achieved by fermenting it at lower temperatures than in the ‘Old World’ (ie France). I find many Loire Valley Sauvignon Blancs to be rather ‘pinched’ – however this Sauvignon Blanc was more ‘generous’; fruity, with a lingering aftertaste. Good wine for the money; better than most Pouilly-Fumes. There, I said it.
Tasting notes: Notes of herb and tropical fruit. Long, crisp mineral finish. Distinctly New World – and again I like it!
Wine Colour – White
Price – £8
Where do I get it from? Widely available (Sainsburys, Waitrose & Co-op stock it)
Current Vintage – 2016
Producer – Peter Yealands
Grape – 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region/Country – Marlborough/New Zealand
Points – 90
Food Pairing: This would go well with the usual white meats, grilled meats and summer salads.