Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Dry, gooseberry, lemon and lime fuit flavours, clean and fresh, good acidity, unoaked
75cl - 13% - screwcap
The wine trade continues to be inundated with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc labelled with "made-up" brand names. This is due to the continued excess production in Marlborough and we make no excuses as this is a similarly labelled wine.
However, unlike many other labels, this wine was produced for the renowned and very select wine importer Bibendum, so is just as good as, and dare we say even better, than many of the established brands. The actual winery making this wine cannot be divulged but it is one of the best in Marlborough.
Produced using a selection of grapes from areas across Marlborough the wine was vinified totally in stainless steel to retain all the inherent freshness. The colour is pale straw and the nose is intense with gooseberry fruit and floral aromas. On the palate there is a slight initial sweetness which then develops with lemony citrus notes marrying tropical fruit flavours. There is vibrant acidity, good minerality and a long, satisfying finish.
This is a label which was very well received when we stocked the 2018 vintage some time back.
When we were offered this older vintage, 2013, we were rather wary, but having tried it we can confirm that it is wonderful condition and still drinking superbly well. Tasted just as good when we finished the bottle the day after opening - a very good indicator that this wine is still in perfect condition.
Indeed it is of far better quality than current vintages of lesser wines.
Not one for keeping however - just buy it, drink, and enjoy it.
Normally priced elsewhere at £9 plus - at Binendwines this vintage is at the silly price of just £5.50.
Limited stock - grab it while you can.