Mostly when I’m in a wine producing country (England doesn’t really count) I like to drink their wine, but on a recent trip to the US my hosts mostly wanted to drink antipodean wine. Never one to turn down Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, particularly when it’s free, I was happy to comply.
We had a Brancott Vineyards Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2003. To English eyes it looked like they’d worked hard to make the label look like Montana, but maybe it was the other way around. I suppose if it was called Montana in the US people would assume it was from that state.
The wine itself is pale in colour with a medium aroma of green peppers with some fruitiness approaching gooseberries and a little peach.
It’s dry with a crisp acidity and plenty of fruitiness. There’s citrus, grapefruit and some minerality to add to the green peppers. With 14% alcohol it’s fairly strong but the fruit carried it through and the acidity keeps it balanced.
This is a good, familiar, NZ Sauvignon Blanc, and one I’d certainly pick up if I found myself bemused in an American wine aisle. At around $10 – $12 it’s great value, but right now everything in US wine aisles seems great value. I’d pay £7-8 here.