I’ve been drinking a lot of French Sauvignon Blanc lately, but last night I opted for a New Zealand one instead, Stoneleigh’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2005 from Waitrose. It has a neat screw-cap which doesn’t show the thread on the outside, which looks cool.
It’s pale yellow with a touch of green. It smells bright and fresh with lots of pink grapefruit and tropical fruit, borderline mango. It’s dry, but the fruit brings a feeling of sweetness, there’s a crisp acidity that makes it refreshing. The full fruit flavour comes through on the palate, a fresh mix of tropical fruit and refreshing citrus.
It’s very drinkable, so it’s worth noting the 13.5% alcohol, a little higher than a typical French Sauvignon Blanc. The flavour lasts well, certainly until the next slurp.
This is an excellent midweek wine to enjoy with dinner or just because. It’s available in supermarkets for £5-6. It’s not a wine for keeping, saving you room in the fridge.