Montana has a good reputation for producing high quality New Zealand wines, and New Zealand has earned itself a reputation for excellent wine production.
The 2005 Sauvignon Blanc was released in August and contains grapes from a wide area of Marlborough.
The wine is clear and bright with a pale lemon colour with a few hints of green, reflecting its freshness. A quick sniff results in a big hit of fresh, green fruitiness. Sauvignon Blanc’s distinctive varietal character is here in spades, there’s gooseberries and green peppers with a smidge of grass. It smells delicious, so it seems wasteful not to get straight in for a taste.
It’s seriously dry with a crisp acidity that sets your mouth watering. It’s medium bodied with an intense fruitiness. The gooseberry and pepper flavours are still there, with some grapefruit and stone fruit adding depth and interest to the mix. The freshness suggests cool fermentation and stainless steel. There’s no oak, as you’d expect. At 13% alcohol it is smack bang in the easy evening drinking range.
This wine has good length, with lots going on to keep you interested.
The 2005 is drinking really well now, it’s probably as good as it’s going to get, although it wont suffer much for being kept for a year or so, but why would you want to?
This is a carefully made wine, with Montana working hard to keep the fresh taste bursting out.
I’d recommend it with shellfish, fish or light pasta dishes, perfect for summer drinking. It has enough flavour of its own to stand alone as an enjoyable drink without food.
You can pick it up for around £7 at most supermarkets. Majestic currently have a case deal at £5 a bottle, but be quick, it’s going to sell out.