Origin: Marlborough, New Zealand
Taste guide: Dry, gooseberry, lemon and lime fuit flavours, clean and fresh, good acidity, unoaked
75cl - 12% - 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.
New Zealand Sauvignon is probably our favourite white wine and we can genuinely say that this ranks among the best of the reasonably priced ones we have ever tried - it is absolutely gorgeous.
Primarily produced for the pub/restaurant trade so rarely seen on the High Street, but on one internet wine merchant it sells for £9.75 - at Binendwines it is just £6.75.