A random selection from the fridge tonight, an Estate Bottled Triunfo Sauvignon Blanc 2005 from Vina Tarapaca Maipo Valley, Chile.
It came in a clear bottle, and was almost clear itself. It smelled crisp and juicy, with herbs and citrus. Maybe I’m fast forwarding to Christmas, but there was a hint of clementines in with the grapefruit and lemon.
There’s yet more fruitiness on the palate with a zingy, lively acidity and plenty of grassy herbs. It carries 12.5% alcohol well and the fruitiness sticks around.
It went fabulously well with the somewhat less than fabulous scrambled eggs and smoked salmon on toast concocted from the only fridge contents that weren’t wine.
Expect to pay about £7 a bottle from Laithwaites, which is about right for a good, dry, characterful Sauvignon Blanc from anywhere in the world.