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 a specific respected wholesaler into the restaurant trade, so is just as good as many of the established brands. The actual winery making this wine cannot be divulged but it is one of the best in Marlborough.
The rich top soils of the lower Wairau Valley have long been considered the finest agricultural soils in Marlborough. They help in the development of complex flavours and pungent aromas. Combine this with the influence from Rarangi alluvials deposited by the mighty Wairau river 300 years ago, and they present a wine brimming with complexity, personality and elegance.
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 has intense aromas of gooseberry, grapefruit and tomato leaf with lively passion fruit and floral notes, adding allure and complexity. This wine delivers delicious citrus and stone fruit flavours on the palate with good minerality and a crisp, refreshing finish that is synonymous with Marlborough.
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.
The 2020 wines from Marlborough are now coming through but it has not been a good vintage and in our opinion most of these will be thin and tart. Better to go for a wine with a lot more quality and a little bottle ageing.
Primarily produced for the pub/restaurant trade so rarely seen on the High Street, but at one internet wine merchant it sells for £11.70 - at Binendwines it is just £7.95.