I’ve had Rosemount Estate’s Jigsaw Verdelho Chardonnay Sauvignon Blanc a few times at assorted pubs rather than at home. At first I thought I’d been given a dud glass from a bottle that had been kicking around a while. Then maybe a bad bottle. I never ordered it, but if someone else did I tried it.
Wine in pubs is rarely perfect, and the beery, smoky, foody atmosphere doesn’t favour fine wines, so good solid flavourful ones are usually the safest choice.
I hadn’t written it up before, but now I think the weight of evidence is pointing against my experiences being one-offs. The difficulty with this wine is that it tastes like the wine equivalent of Dairylea Lunchables. It tastes like it’s been tweaked and processed to the point where it’s not so much wine as ‘wine style drink’.
From the first whiff of sulphur to the lingering chemical aftertaste this is simply not a wine I can learn to like. My local sells Montana Sauvignon Blanc from a quid or two more, so it’s certainly worth the upgrade.