The summer is gradually coming to an end despite some unseasonably warm September weather. I’ve been making the most of warm evenings with a glass or two of cold white wine.
Split Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2008 from Laithwaite’s is a cheery summer number, pale, dry, pleasantly acidic, smelling of fruit rather than grass and tasting zingily limey with some squishy sweet gooseberry, but a just a little unripeness that’s neither grassy or nettle-like, just green, like an unripe tomato.
One weird factoid I’m constantly amazed by is that the first Sauvignon Blanc was planted in New Zealand in the early 1970’s. The country has certainly established a great reputation really quickly.
The good people producing this wine planted their first Sauvignon Blanc in 1973, so they’ve certainly put some time in, although they’ve gone with the good quality affordable production route rather than stellar quality at stellar prices. I’m quite glad.